Many healthcare institutions still use paper-based system of keeping the medical records like patient information, medical history etc. Lack of awareness on the advantages of HIT (Healthcare Information Technology) among many healthcare institutions is the key reason for not using computer based systems. The problem with such an old paper-based system is that it requires significant amount of storage space and it becomes difficult and time consuming to collate information quickly. Right information at the right time helps the healthcare provider deliver quality services to his patients.
To facilitate the seamless flow of information within a medical facility, a computerized system of recording has been developed which is being increasingly put into usage by many such institution due to the unique features and benefits associated with the system.
The system has a host of integrated services required by a hospital while dealing with a patient right from the point of admission till discharge.
The implementation of such systems is not just limited within an organization but can be used to communicate with others as well on a global level, thus facilitating information exchange. This, in turn, helps patient data available to other hospitals within or outside a country.
Entire gamut of information is just a click away and the data is encrypted so as to prevent it from unauthorized usage and only officials having the necessary permissions and authority is given access to the information.
The healthcare information management systems involve the usage of software that helps in digitizing information related to the patient, prescription, billing, payments (staff), managing the laboratory equipments (availability etc.), exchanging reports (radiology) and other information, instantaneously which otherwise are located physically at different departments within an hospital. Scheduling the appointments, managing the availability of various equipments and medicines and providing access to the information to multiple authorized users is also possible.
The hospital information software system helps in reducing unnecessary wastage of time and clinical error that helps in saving lives, increase the overall efficiency of work by providing a better management of resources and also reduces the input cost and effort while ensuring high standards and quality of services.. The simplicity of usage in turn helps in unravelling the complexities of daily operations and eliminating the usage of paper.
The ease of use coupled with Decision Support System and Knowledge Management System simplify and reduce the work of healthcare providers, improve work flow and reduce clinical errors.