The expectations from a Hospital Management System has taken a major shift towards more tangible and realistic benefits today. While the positive impact of HMS in improving patient care and in preventing medical errors are well known, there are certain factors that would be interesting for a hospital administrator who wants to justify the monetary investment required for an HMS. Being a major decision maker for hospital purchases, his viewpoints are as important as that of a clinician’s.
Streamlining the operations and increasing the capacity.
With the increasing operation costs to run a hospital, one way to make the hospital business profitable is to serve more customers using same set of resources. You could only do that by streamlining your operations, otherwise quality of services would get hit. Efficiently streamlining the operations across various departments, helps to reduce the time a patient spends at each point of service. A fully integrated HMS allows the data to flow right from registration to various consultant room and other departments like the lab, radiology, pharmacy and billing. The orders and reports when communicated through the system, helps the staff to rapidly serve the customers and reduces the patient’s wait time.
Reduction of administration costs
Currently, report generation would require many administration resources to sort through bunch of registers for several days every month. Number of reports to be submitted to different kinds of audience: donors, government departments, insurance payors and auditors adds to the burden. Now imagine that you could generate all that reports with a single click of a button. By using an HMS, all the relevant data is collected in the system in a structured manner, as part of the system daily use. At the end of the reporting period, it’s just a matter of minutes to process these data into meaningful reports.
Informed decision making
Having visibility to the business data is the first step to optimize your business. HMS can provide you all the relevant metrics to make right business decisions. For example, In the pharmacy you will be able to optimize your purchases by looking at the daily consumption and existing stock levels. In the IPD, you can manage your operations by tracking ALOS(Average Length of Stay), BOR (Bed Occupancy Rate) for each ward. Looking at which service is getting more customer demand, you can allocate your budget wisely.
With the help of HMS, you can monitor all the metrics on a management dashboard and keep a watch on business performance.
If you would like to know how you can achieve these benefits using an open source HMS, feel free to get in touch with us.