Hospitals tap new information systems to help manage IT structure

An effective HIS will enhance information integrity, reduce transcription errors, reduce duplicate information, and optimize turnaround times for reports.

Jeff Rowe | May 14, 2018 12:00 am

As healthcare organizations of all types move to the cloud, hospitals, in particular, are increasingly adding tools dubbed Hospital Information Systems (HIS) to their IT structure in order to help manage an array of data, including finance, scheduling and registration data.

That’s according to a recent report from Grand View Research, which found that “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. 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.”

According to reviews of the report, an increasing number of 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.”

One way of looking at HIS is as a key part of improving interoperability, providers focusing on data analytics can use the scalability to manage all the programs and connections that go into collecting and handling data.

At the same time, as HIS becomes more advanced, organizations need to ensure their interfaces don’t become too complicated, as systems that confuse employees impede user access to necessary information.

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. Nonetheless, organizations must be able to manage and sort health IT tools, including cloud-based systems, to take full advantage of them.