Management information systems


There are numerous management information systems that are beingused in hospitals across the world today. The major role of themanagement information systems is to integrate data, analyze orprocess it and prepare reports that enable health care givers toprovide heath efficiently to the patients (Wager et al., 2013). in the healthcare industry help theemployees to manage the clinical, financial and the financial datarelating to patients. One information system used in hospitals is theHospital Information System (HIS) which serves the above mentionedroles. HIS assists the care givers in managing all the information inthe various hospital departments such as the finance, laboratory,radiology, pharmacy, clinic and the pathology departments. The systemprovides the caregivers with real time updates regarding the dataassociated with any patient. This is a system that can be applied orused in a hospital with numerous departments and many patients.

A hospital information system would address numerous challenges thata hospital might be facing regarding patient information (Brown etal., 2015). The system stores information such as the age of thepatient, prescription, gender, diet of the patient and demographics.This information can be obtained through a simple one click of amouse. This system solves the problem of giving patients the wrongsubscription of drugs. The system also enhances the speed at whichpatients are handled, treated and discharged. The system can alsoaddress the issue of financial improprieties in the hospital (Brownet al., 2015). This will be coupled with close monitoring of the drugusage in the hospital because the real time records kept by thesystem. In terms of management, the system would ensure that themanagers in a hospital are in a position to manage the resources suchas the finances and the drugs in the hospital efficiently. Themanagers can also run reports on the number of patients treated inthe facility and the ailments they were suffering from.

There are a number of transformations that a hospital can expectfrom this system being implemented. The hospital can expect efficientmanagement of resources and drugs in the facility. Additionally,there will be proper management of record keeping and accuracy ofpatient information such as their prescription to drugs, ages andailments (Tan et al., 2010). The organization will work at anincreased speed due to the implementation of the system. Anotherchange is that the organization will manage to handle enormous amountof data and process it quickly and accurately.

The major barrier that would prevent a hospital from adopting thissystem is the installation cost and the maintenance cost. It isevident that the system is expensive to install and maintain. Thesystem will also require trained personnel which the hospital may notbe having. This may prevent a hospital from adopting the system (Tanet al., 2010). Another aspect is the resistance to change by someorganizations. It is well known that there are some institutionswhich are resistant to change such as technology and this may hinderthe adoption of the Hospital Information System.

A hospital can align its goals and mission with the system throughensuring that the system assists in the provision of qualityservices. Prudent management of resources might also be the goal ofan institution and this system will help in the attainment of thisgoal. Accurate keeping of records and patient information is one ofthe goals of many hospitals and this system will aid in theachievement of this goal. An institution can prepare for the adoptionof HIS through allocating sufficient resources for the system (Wageret al., 2013). The institution also needs to hire informationtechnology professionals to train the employees on the use of thesystem. It is also essential to prepare the employees throughinforming them early enough of the planned changes. The management,employees and the system installers will all be involved in thesystem implementation (Wager et al., 2013).


Brown, G. D., Stone, T., &amp Patrick, T. B. (2015).&nbspStrategicmanagement of information systems in healthcare.Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.

Tan, J. K. H., Payton, F. C., &amp Tan, J. K. H. (2010).&nbspAdaptivehealth management information systems: Concepts,cases, and practical applications. Sudbury, Mass: Jones andBartlett Publishers.

Wager, K. A., Lee, F. W., &amp Glaser, J. P. (2013).&nbspHealthcare information systems: A practical approach forhealth care management. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.