Local and national IT concepts in hospitals HIS/KIS/RIS/PACS/DACS
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During the last 10 years IT-technology in hospitals caused a high level of interest from both the clinical and economical perspective. Work-flow and financial benefits are possible. To integrate hospitals with, for example, different levels of their clinical departments to functional healthcare clusters, it will be worthwhile using IT for:
• work-flow improvement
• ensured archiving (short and long)
• communication and consultation
• patients transport and
• particularly to develop health care much more efficient.
Method – We are complete digital for administration (HIS) integrated diagnostics (RIS/PACS) telemedicine (e.g. teleradiology) and for regional and national healthcare units.
We use a local raid-based archive (PACS) including a high-speed network (inclusive wireless LAN), HIS for administration and billing and a central digital national archive (DACS). The central online archive is EMC-Centera; it is public network based and also provides communication with each of the included hospitals.
Results – Using IT we have improved patient care generally. And, working with the same staffing level, we have increased the numbers of patient more than five times. As far as the process time for each patient is concerned, on average we decreased from 12.8 days down to 7.8 days.
Using teleradiology we have included over 10 hospitals for consulting, being on call, patient movement and specialized healthcare.
Conclusion – As a strategic and management tool, information technology (e.g. HIS/RIS/PACS/
DACS) is one of the most efficient approaches to ensure healthcare quality, as well as workflow and financial benefits.
This is true for local hospitals with complete digital environment as well as for regional and nationwide hospital groups.