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Decreasing Discharge Time in a Hospital by Application of HMIS
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(May 17, 2020)
     

Weak HIMS (Health Information Management System) software hampers the productivity of a hospital badly. The huge amount of information generated in hospitals in of no use if not captured and analyzed properly to increase the productivity and patient satisfaction. Effective strategies must be in place for implementing proper HIMS so that there is better coordination between different departments and it decreases the Discharge time as it is the final step in the hospital experience and is likely to be well remembered by the patient. Slow or unpredictable discharge translates into a reduction in effective bed capacity and admission process delays. The case study presents herewith modification and implementation of certain changes in the existing software and integration of all the medical and operational modules of the software like Pathology, Radiology, Patient Care and Billing and also certain changes made in the Discharge process. Effectiveness of the modified software has been tested on the work flow by comparing outcomes between the pre-implementation control group and the post-implementation experimental group. The implementation of the software resulted in drastic decrease in discharge time and resulted in increased patient satisfaction and decrease in the number of payment defaulters.

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