This week in Take 5, we look at HIS from a doctor’s perspective. While a lot has been said about how HMIS can be help a hospital deliver better patient care, Roshith, Senior Functional Analyst, Srishti Software brings to you some advantages of HIS that can make a doctor’s life easy!
Minimized chances of drug allergy
Drugs prescribed by doctors without consulting the allergy history of patients may result in life threatening consequences. An HIS can be a very useful tool in preventing drug allergies and drug-to-drug interaction. Through HMIS, Patient’s allergy history and previous drugs prescribed is captured in EMR on their first visit to the hospital. Therefore, doctors have access to the medical history while prescribing drugs.
Reduce diagnostic errors
HIS can help doctors minimize diagnostic errors with the help of tools such as CDSS (Clinical Decision Support System). CDSS in common terms can be understood as a search engine for diseases based on research journals. When doctors feed symptoms to CDSS, it returns with possible disease hits.
Faster consultation process
A typical consultation session starts with doctors asking patients about medical history, last visit to the hospital, last medicine prescribed. An HMIS can easily cut these routine questions short. With EMR, medical staff of the hospital updates the medical history of patient before they are sent to the doctor for consultation.
Taking second opinion is easier
HIS facilitates better patient care by enabling sharing of diagnostic information of the patient with multiple experts within a hospital. EMR of all the patients are easily accessible to doctors for further diagnosis.
Better post-operative care
HIS streamlines post-operative care for patients by sending out alerts for medicine timings, major change is patient’s vitals, blood pressure etc. This helps doctors in scaling the standards of patient care, better.