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How Information Systems Help Hospitals Better Care for Patients

Hospitals routinely use software, practices and streamlined services to offer the best, most efficient services to patients. More efficiency decreases costs throughout the stay saving patients money. Keeping important information together and easily accessible allows doctors and nurses to provide better care to patients. Here are some examples of information systems used by hospitals.


Many hospitals have their own in-house laboratory to process specimens and provide information to the staff. The sooner the information is available, the faster a patient can receive the necessary treatment. Real-time updates in the laboratory information systems software can be seen across the network. The systems work to provide workflow management, patient data tracking, quality assurance, decision support, billing and tracking of test ordering and specimens.

Medical Records

Electronic medical records systems have spread like wildfire in recent years. The software often integrates with other hospital systems to create a one-stop patient chart. All the information on stats such as blood pressure and medications are put into the system. Instead of trying to read handwriting and carrying paper charts around, the nurse or doctor can pull up the patient’s chart and see radiology imaging, lab results, medication lists, past history and more.


Hospital administration has certain requirements given to them by the Department of Health. The DOH requires certain statistics and information sent on a scheduled basis. Administrators who utilize administrative information systems can quickly and efficiently gather the necessary data and compile it into reports to send to the DOH. The reports also provide valuable data to the administrators to increase efficiencies, discover problems in current systems and address concerns. They can use the information to provide better overall care for patients and loved ones.

Going to the hospital can cause anxiety and stress for many people. When a hospital uses various information systems in their daily care, the staff can offer better quality care to patients. Better care should make the experience more pleasant and helpful.