Advances in Hospital Information System

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Advances in Hospital Information System

The Healthcare system is a very complex system using multiple information technology systems. Vendors are absorbing different standards for the same systems which in turn shows certain inefficiency leading to errors in the healthcare information. This affects the patient’s medical information and the medical information is also not shared with the healthcare community members.There are 25 major industries. All 25 of the major industries shamelessly copy technology from the other industries to improve their services. Except one. The healthcare industry !Many hospital owners in India are confronted with a lack of a complete Hospital management system, lack of an electronic medical records system, that they could access from anywhere at any time for their hospitals. They are confronted with a lack of proper tracking system to reduce errors. The challenge is to create a solution to the many issues and challenges faced by hospitals. Remember, India caters to the medical needs of 1.25billion population.The SolutionPresent age Hospital Information System integrates different information systems into one single efficient system. It can be accessed from anywhere anytime from any web enabled device. An ideal HIS solves the problems inherent in a network of multiple programs that are not compatible. It can integrate almost any type of services, systems, departments, processes, data, communication, etc. that exist in a hospital. It can even handle non- medical services or functions like security, maintenance, etc. It is modular and highly scalable. Even if hospital are located in remote areas with poor internet connectivity, works offline and syncs later. It reduces medical errors and improves quality of care. To study how Indian hospitals were coping without a good HIS, I went from hospital to hospital to see how HAI was monitored. The number of deaths happening in hospitals due to HAI is high. Hospitals do not have tools to analyze data. – if they did analyze, they did nothing! i.e.they were in a in a phase of ‘analysis Paralysis’. Other challenges faced by hospitals were purchasing, running and maintaining large IT infrastructure and resources. Intercommunication is difficult, poor internet connectivity and obsolescence of existing software.
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