When There Wasn 't Management Information System

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I may not be old enough to remember when there wasn’t management information system in healthcare but I can see today how having one in place today is extremely important. I can’t imagine a manual system. A patient would have check in with the clerk, pay the clerk, get a handwritten receipt, and wait in the lobby while the clerk the clerk finds the nurse or doctor to let them know that the patient is here for their appointment. During the appointment, the doctor has handwritten notes of things discussed at the appointment, medications, diagnosis, shot records and all these notes are kept in a physical file. After the appointment, the doctor reviews their paper calendar to see when they available if a follow up appointment are needed. In…show more content…
This definition incorporates things such as district level routine information systems, disease surveillance systems, and also includes laboratory information systems, hospital patient administration systems and human resource management information systems. Overall, a well-functioning Healthcare Information is an integrated effort to collect, process, report and use health information and knowledge to influence policy and decision-making, programed action, individual and public health outcomes, and research. Sound decision-making at all levels of a health system requires reliable health statistics that are grouped by sex, age and socioeconomic characteristics. At a policy level, decisions informed by evidence contribute to more efficient resource allocation and, at the delivery level, information about the quality and effectiveness of services can contribute to better outcomes. Information systems, particularly at lower levels of the health system, need to be simple and maintainable and not a burden with health delivery staff or are too costly to run. Staff need feedback on how the routine data they collect can be used and also need to understand the importance of good quality data for improving health. Capacity building is required to ensure policymakers at all levels have the ability to use and understand health data, whether
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