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Howis a CIS a better solution to collecting and storing data?

AClinical Information System (CIS) provides doctors with an easilyaccessible repository which contains information such as a patient’smedical history. Furthermore, the CIS recognizes the variousworkflows available in a hospital. Thus, information is stored in astructured format which is well organized and allows for easy andquick searches. On top of that, all relevant data can be collectedand stored in one system due to its flexibility in recording amultitude of information pertinent to a person’s treatment. Also,the CIS allows medical facilities to store patient data in a securemanner since the login credentials are only given to individuals whoare addressing a patient’s needs (Aitken, Marshall, and Chaboyer,2015).

Explainat least one way a CIS is adaptable and accessible compared to apaper system.

Storingdata within the CIS is more convenient than storing the informationon documents because it is remotely accessible by various medicalpractitioners in real time and at different locations. Remote accessis critical, especially in emergency situations such as ambulatoryservices that rely on prompt diagnosis. A patient could be allergicto a particular medication, but since the information is not shared,a doctor would not know. Paper records are not readily transferrablebetween health facilities. Thus a hospital would need to perform newtests on a patient, a process that takes up more time. Lastly, a CISis freely customizable depending on the hospital’s workflow or adepartment’s needs. For instance, in a hospital, there could be aRadiology Information System and a Laboratory Information System.Both systems would be part of the CIS, and they would communicatewith each other. Paper records cannot allow for information exchangein such a manner (Morrison, Jones, and Bracken, 2014).

Whatis the financial impact on an organization?

Theinitial cost of acquisition of a CIS is high, and it acts as abarrier for many hospitals wishing to implement the system.Statistics from HealthIT.gov (2014) show that implementing a CIScosts between 15,000 and 70,000 depending on the service provider.These figures are not inclusive of annual maintenance costs. However,research by Fleming, Culler, McCorkle, Becker, and Ballard (2011)places the number at around 162,000 dollars with first-yearmaintenance fees being 85,000 dollars. These costs are for a facilitywith five physicians. The high implementation costs arise from thepurchase of hardware components, a CIS software, training,maintenance, and installation fees. Healthcare facilities shouldunderstand that implementing a CIS is more of a quality improvementmeasure than a cost-cutting initiative.


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