It is a fact that every healthcare institution has to have proper strategies and management so as to realize success, stability and continuity. This research therefore takes to analyze the strategies that are used by hospitals that deal in the provision of laboratory services. Particularly, many hospitals have been able to accord the best of services to its patients and members of the public due to proper execution of Health Information Management Systems [HIMS]. Some of the HIMS strategies have been debated forthwith. The Planning of Module I
Step 1: Reviewing the HIMS Assessment Results
The success of leading and renowned hospitals such as John Hopkins Hospital which is situated in Maryland is as a result of the execution of careful execution of effective HIMS. It is against this backdrop that John Hopkins Hospital has been able to be ranked as being among the number one among the top twenty hospitals in the US for the past twenty years. Part of this has been attributed to the application of HIMS in its laboratory services.
The gravity in the above ruling is premised on the fact that it is the proper coordination of HIMS that proper information and details concerning an illness that has been diagnosed can be adduced for further action such as treatment. Specifically, proper Health Information Management Systems enables John Hopkins Hospital to gather enough information from the field of epidemiological works and compilations. This would help in the identification of a given illness, pronto. On the other hand, other hospitals that do not apply proper HIMS in diagnoses take a lot of time to discern an illness, due to scantiness of information. The gravity of this development is that diagnosis acts as the very first crucial step, as it enables the identification of an illness, for appropriate treatment, subsequently. This development has paved way for John Hopkins by parrying away: wrong treatment; higher spates of legal redress and litigation by unsatisfied and belligerent patients prompted by wrong treatment; and the need to refer the patient to other hospitals, among others (Devaraj and Kohli, 2000). Step 2: Reviewing the Health Systems Development Priorities and Defining HIMS Problems
In order to ensure that HIMS are successful, it is important that John Hopkins as a hospital some matters be given priority over others. One of the most important priorities in this case is to ensure that there is a close link between epidemiologists and the rest of John Hopkins Hospital to ensure integration of findings on [new] diseases from the field, into John Hopkins’ records on epidemiology. This development strategy may see John Hopkins Hospital striking a rapport with researchers in the field of epidemiology. The information accrued from the field is therefore to be extrapolated into the books of the hospital aforementioned. This may require John Hopkins Hospital to ensure the existence of information technology [IT] to ensure that all the updates on diseases, symptoms and treatment are made within the disposal of the employees in charge of data entries. Step 3: Inventory of On-Goings HIMS Strengthening Efforts
It is important that John Hopkins Hospital totally integrates its information systems so that there is enough and vital information being accrued from the field concerning diseases. This should be carried out through the availing of computers, medical journals, the Internet and telephone connectivity. The Planning of Module II
Step 4: Priority HIMS Components and Problems
Some of the HIMS components for the John Hopkins Hospital are Internet connectivity; up-to-date computers; telephone connectivity; up-to-date laboratory equipment for diagnoses; medical journals and the ensuring of qualified personnel in the John Hopkins Hospital. The problem that the hospital may have trying to priorities these...