- Healthcare organizations are constantly adding solutions to their IT infrastructure to keep up with the latest technology developments. Adding more solutions to HIT infrastructure makes it hard to keep track of each tool and the information it handles, making hospital information systems (HIS) critical.
HIS is a tool that manages all the tools that manage information, including but not limited to finances, scheduling, and registration. The healthcare industry is evolving to be more dependent on data intensive applications to treat patients and automate administrative tasks.
“The upsurging need for analytical IT solutions in healthcare, awareness about these advanced services, and their growing importance to curb the high medical costs are contributing factors for the increasing acceptance of these systems in healthcare,” said a recent Grand View Research report. “Moreover, due to the growing significance of efficient workflow, streamlining of operations, and better storage, management and distribution of patient data and imaging results, as well as better healthcare delivery and outcomes, there is a growing demand for such IT solutions.”
Organizations are also looking to deploy HIS as part of their cloud infrastructure. More and more health IT systems are moving to the cloud and moving HIS to the cloud will give organizations much desired scalability to continue adding future systems.
“The key factors driving the widespread use of cloud systems include cost considerations, data storage capacity, and remote access to information,” said the report. “The cloud-based technology is gaining momentum due to numerous security lapses in the web-based and on-premises systems.”
Providers focusing on data analytics need the scalability to be able to manage all the programs and connections that go into collecting and handling data. HIS also plays a part in interoperability and can consolidate a patient’s information so it can easily be given to another organization.
As HIS becomes more advanced, organizations need to make sure that their interfaces don’t become more complicated. Systems that confuse employees are useless because the user can’t gain access to the information that they need.
Developing the system to be advanced enough to keep up with evolving technology, while still ensure it is maintaining its usability is a challenge many organizations face when implementing HIS.
“HIS leverage a highly optimized core library that ensures the delivery of operational and administrative information required by users,” said the report. “A centralized information system can be customized according to the specific requirements of a hospital. A hospital can tell the solution provider its needs and the applications can then be molded to deliver exactly what was demanded.”
“For instance, you can demand a solution that is based on RDBMS for easy retrieval of information,” report authors continued. “You can also ask the vendor for a HIS that has user friendly features and a multilingual interface that can be used by a diverse workforce.”
An effective HIS will enhance information integrity, reduce transcription errors, reduce duplicate information, and optimize turnaround times for reports.
Duplicate information can take up valuable space in the data center and cause confusion. If an older patient record is accessed instead of a newer one because of disorganization, the clinician won’t have the most accurate information to treat a patient.
Moving system management to an advanced digital tool will also help reduce human error. While clinicians and other healthcare employees are typically diligent, there is always a chance someone can miss a detail and send a record to the wrong person or place. The HIS will detect these errors and alert the necessary parties or abnormal activity.
HIS can also act faster than a person and sort through administrative tasks in a more automated way to save time on reporting and evaluating different health IT systems.
Organizations must be able to manage and sort health IT tools to fully take advantage of them. Lack of visibility and control over IT infrastructure solutions can lead to wasted resources and lost information.