When you decide to implement a hospital management system in your hospital, the next step is to decide which system you want to use. Even though researching on the internet and going through the product catalogs of many software providers may tell you what to look for and what all features offered by different companies, it may not give you a complete picture. This is where an HMS product demonstration will be useful. Most companies providing hospital management systems provide free demos to prospective clients. A free demonstration of the software is an excellent way of knowing what exactly you will be getting when you finally purchase the software. It is like taking a test drive before you buy a car, and like a test drive, you need to know how to best know the software during the demo.
Understand your hospital
For getting a good demo, the first step is to get a complete understanding of your hospital. Since you have already decided to get an HMS, you must have done most of your homework. But you need to know what all features you will need when you implement the HMS. For HMS to achieve its full potential, the system should meet the requirements of all the users from the hospital administrator, to the lab technicians. To ensure this, discussions will have to be held with the users to get their input. The benefits of these discussions are two-fold. The requirements of different departments will be different and you will be able to know what everyone wants. The other benefit is that the employees of the hospital may have previous experience in using different kinds of HMS, and you will get a lot of insights into the advantages and drawbacks of different systems. And this information will come in handy while getting the demonstration.
Having a thorough understanding of the workflow is also very important. Usually, different department heads will have their own ways of managing their departments. This is important both while getting a demo, as well as when you are actually implementing the system. Most HMS systems are customized around the workflow in a hospital, and company representatives will need to get a fair idea so as to provide you a good solution. So it’s better to have all the answers ready when you’re getting the demo. This will also help you when you implement an HMS system in your hospital
Software providers sometimes provide demos in their websites, and this is a way for you to know the software before a face to face demo. You can use these online demos to know the general features of the HMS system. Once you have gone through this demo, you will know what questions you have to ask the company representative. Online demos are a free and the least time-consuming way to evaluate a software, even though they may not be complete.
Questions you should ask
Once you have talked to other hospitals that have implemented HMS or if you’re already using an HMS, you are probably aware of the general features all the HMS systems have. So before the demo, you need to keep in mind the problems at your hospital you’re trying to solve, and the features you’ll need to use this. The problems could be the ones faced by doctors or patients, such as difficulty in scheduling the appointments, or it could be business problems, such as low returns or pilferage from the pharmacy.
A demo usually takes around 45 minutes and starts with an introduction about the software company. After this, the company representative may ask you regarding the problems you are facing. Most companies are willing to customize their software for your needs, and you have to make the best use out of this. Once you have explained the difficulties your hospital is facing, the representatives will probably explain some of the features they have that can solve these issues. During the demo, if you’re already aware of the general features, it is better to focus on these key features to make a good decision.
There are no set rules on how a demo is conducted, so ask all the questions you have regarding the software. The point of getting a demo is not to make a decision then and there, but to understand all the features of the software. It’s also vital that all the stakeholders also understand the software before making a decision, so have representatives from all the departments for the demo. Before deciding on a system, get demos from multiple companies, compare the software and then decide.
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Hospitals are rarely a single department entity. They usually span across multiple specialties focusing on different areas of treatment, such as pediatrics, neurosciences, gynecology, etc.
There are also various departments taking care of the day to day running of the hospital, such as maintenance, accounting, billing, operation theatre, and management. Each of these departments consists of many people carrying out various tasks, which can range in complexities from brain surgeries to fixing the overhead lamps.
And a single organization may have hospitals across multiple locations, making it difficult to manage them all. A hospital management system helps you to manage the enormous complexities of efficiently managing the hospital in a sustainable manner.
Even though hospitals span across a number of different areas, in the beginning, it usually involves only a couple of departments and just the basic number of people required to manage them all.
In such a case, a simple management system, with the capacity to deal with relatively fewer data would work. But as a hospital starts growing, incorporating more specialties and treatment facilities, this system may not be able to deal with the huge flow of data.
A hospital management system that could easily be scaled up could make this whole process much faster and easier.
As the number of departments and the employees grow, the management system would also grow to accommodate the conditions created by the growth, thus aiding the growth of the hospital, instead of being a hindrance.
Scale up - The role of a cloud-based system
A cloud-based online system has a lot of advantages compared to an offline system when it comes to scaling up. They could easily be updated to add more departments and employees, without having to reinstall the updated version in all the systems in a hospital. Instead of making changes in all systems in a hospital network the changes would have to be made only by the software providers. And since the software and its interface remains the same, there is no need to allocate extra resources to train the users.
A cloud-based system would also be much more efficient in case of hospitals in multiple locations. As new locations come up, the software could simply be updated to include them, and here also, the existing management network could seamlessly be integrated without any additional training. The data generated from all the hospitals run by the same organization could be integrated and analyzed, to improve the overall performance.
This would allow for better purchase decisions, as requirements for the entire chain of hospitals could be understood and remedied in bulk, thus helping make much better business transactions and therefore, improved efficiency for the entire network.
Resource management and reduction of wastage :
A good hospital management system would also help to prevent any unwanted wastage of resources. An efficient management of the inventory, of the various pieces of equipment, disposables, would cut short the resources otherwise wasted. In the process of scaling up, there is usually an increased wastage of resources, due to the purchase of excess materials to prevent a shortage. With an efficient system, such wastages could easily be detected and avoided. This could provide for a smooth scale up from a small hospital to a large network of hospitals, without excessive spending.
Scaling up - Understanding the data generated :
A common problem associated with the scaling up of any system is the overwhelming amount of data generated from the various subsystems. For a hospital with its already large amount of data generated a scale-up could be a headache without an adequate system to manage the data. Every bit of data has to be analyzed and compiled into a manner which is easy to understand, so as to make correct decisions at every corner.
An efficient hospital management system would make this entire process a cake walk by managing the data generated in real time in a smooth and easily understood manner. In a good hospital management system all the data from the various departments, regarding all the matters from procurement of materials, human resources, energy requirements to billing, accounting, and inventory management is compiled and represented in a meaningful manner, and this leads to quicker and easier decision making process, and therefore an easier, smoother and efficient scale up.
Management of the extra human resource required for scale-up :
Efficient running of a hospital requires that all the stakeholders play their roles, and for enabling this, they should be able to manage their work, in an easy and intuitive way. A good hospital management system allows the smooth delegation of work and allows easy access to the information required for the task.
For example, it should allow a doctor to enter the information regarding a patient and their treatment regime, and it should also allow the pharmacist to easily track the inventory. With an efficient system, it would also be able to evaluate the work done by them. Such easy management of the entire workforce, without causing any hindrance to them, but help them for this, would enable the hospital to grow up.
In short, a good hospital management system would make it easier to scale up the hospital network by easily managing the resources, avoiding wastage, making an efficient workforce, and a better management of data. Such a system could provide a hassle-free care for the patient, and make everyone’s work much easier.
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In the city of Mumbai, Bhaktivedanta hospital has already made an eminent growth since 1998. Now Bhaktivedanta hospital is known for their Multi Specialities in various fields such as pediatrics, orthopedics, ENT, psychiatry and much more with gross of more than 1500 happy patients leaving each day.
The main reasons why Bhaktivedanta approached MocDoc was to overcome the problems they faced in the appointment and scheduling of patients. MocDoc HMS provided them with the exact solutions that eventually solved all their problems. The following will list out the problems Bhaktivedanta faced and how MocDoc provided helpful solutions to overcome their problems.
Bhaktivedanta hospital was using an offline software to book appointments which caused them problems in appointments and scheduling, Adding to it they were still following the traditional practice of pen-paper which at times lead to incorrect patient details.
MocDoc approached them with a solution by making Bhaktivedanta hospital’s appointment scheduling effortless. We provided them with a “White labeled application” which was exclusively provided to the hospital to reduce workload and it made them produce good results in terms of managing patients and their appointments at the hospital. Our “Anytime Anywhere” accessing concept helped them to achieve excellence.
Bhaktivedanta hospital had plenty of departments operating in it so the departments in the hospital were in need of proper communication between them and also the information was needed to be carried out without leading to any miscommunications.
That’s where MocDoc helped Bhaktivedanta by providing a feature known as “Timeline View” which indeed helped the hospital to keep track of patients flows inside the hospital, also it helped the doctors to follow up the patients based on their treatment. This made communication clear and patient details were tracked down easily without any misinterpretation.
Booking for VIP’s & Emergency Patients
Managing VIP’s around the city seemed difficult for Bhaktivedanta Hospital. This lead to a situation where the hospital and the patients found a hard time in Communication. They were also facing a few difficulties in appointing and scheduling emergency patients.
That’s where MocDoc stepped in and offered a solution by providing restricted access on VIP’s appointment to the hospital, where the staff will be responsible to book appointments for VIP’s and emergency patients without any delays or difficulties. So through this we also ensure the privacy of the patients arriving at the hospital and also the waiting time of the patients was drastically reduced.
Managing the Queue
Bhaktivedanta hospital was facing difficulties with their queue management. For instance, there was a lot of confusion in deciding if the patients having appointments or if patients holding tokens should be given preference since the hospital was following the call and token system. So the hospital faced some issues in managing Queues.
After implementing MocDoc HMS software each and every appointment was perfectly scheduled in order. These appointments are viewed by the staff who is in charge of the appointment section. Also, we provided additional features which made them classify patients based on their needs, this reduced the workload drastically.
Payment Processing System
Since Bhaktivedanta had offline software for appointment scheduling, processing payments through online is not possible also Bhaktivedanta followed Manual procedures for appointment scheduling and payment processing. This was difficult for Bhaktivedanta to keep track of information about patients and payment details.
MocDoc helped Bhaktivedanta by providing a payment gateway for the patients through which they were able to make payments and also Bhaktivedanta found it easy to manage patients transaction details. Even MocDoc allowed the patients to make multiple appointments and at the same time maintain privacy in the transaction.
Appointments are made easier by patients from anywhere
Human-Error is completely removed
Payments were made much easier and secure by patients
Problems on administration were completely restored by MocDoc
MIS Reports for OP Management & Hospital Management was implemented to track doctors and patients.
Both patients and the Hospital gained satisfaction in using MocDoc HMS
By using MocDoc HMS Bhaktivedanta hospital has improved their appointment and scheduling operations. We also helped them to resolve their minor and major problems among patients with the help of our trained team. Thus in a world full of competition, MocDoc always pursues to attain Customer satisfaction.
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Hospital Management System is used to take the data from the patients and then store it for later use. The main goal of the Hospital Management System is to accurately treat as well as decrease overtime pay.
There are various features included in the HMS. Some of the system functions include Registration, Patient check out, Report generation, and more. In this blog, let's check out the functional and non-functional requirements of the Hospital Management System in depth.
There are a lot of software requirements specifications included in the functional requirements of the Hospital Management System, which contains various process, namely Registration, Check out, Report Generation, and Database.
Registration Process of SRS (Software Requirements Specification)
● Adding Patients: The Hospital Management enables the staff in the front desk to include new patients to the system.
● Assigning an ID to the patients: The HMS enables the staff in the front desk to provide a unique ID for each patient and then add them to the record sheet of the patient. The patients can utilize the ID throughout their hospital stay.
Check Out of SRS:
● Deleting Patient ID: The staff in the administration section of the ward can delete the patient ID from the system when the patient's checkout from the hospital.
● Adding to beds available list: The Staff in the administration section of the ward can put the bed empty in the list of beds-available.
Report Generation of SRS:
● Information of the Patient: The Hospital Management System generates a report on every patient regarding various information like patients name, Phone number, bed number, the doctor's name whom its assigns, ward name, and more.
● Availability of the Bed: The Hospital Management system also helps in generating reports on the availability of the bed regarding the information like bed number unoccupied or occupied, ward name, and more.
Database of SRS:
● Mandatory Patient Information: Every patient has some necessary data like phone number, their first and last name, personal health number, postal code, country, address, city, 'patient's ID number, etc.
● Updating information of the Patient: The hospital management system enables users to update the information of the patient as described in the mandatory information included.
Non Functional Requirements
There are a lot of software requirements specifications included in the non-functional requirements of the Hospital Management System, which contains various process, namely Security, Performance, Maintainability, and Reliability.
● Patient Identification: The system needs the patient to recognize herself or himself using the phone.
● Logon ID: Any users who make use of the system need to hold a Logon ID and password.
● Modifications: Any modifications like insert, delete, update, etc. for the database can be synchronized quickly and executed only by the ward administrator.
● Front Desk Staff Rights: The staff in the front desk can view any data in the Hospital Management system, add new patients record to the HMS but they don't have any rights alter any data in it.
● Administrator rights: The administrator can view as well as alter any information in the Hospital Management System.
● Response Time: The system provides acknowledgment in just one second once the 'patient's information is checked.
● Capacity: The system needs to support at least 1000 people at once.
● User-Interface: The user interface acknowledges within five seconds.
● Conformity: The system needs to ensure that the guidelines of the Microsoft accessibilities are followed.
● Back-Up: The system offers the efficiency for data back up.
● Errors: The system will track every mistake as well as keep a log of it.
● Availability: The system is available all the time.
Hope you got a clear idea on the functional and non-functional requirements and the features required by the hospital. Any other queries on the topic are welcome.
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Our present modern information system makes use of computers for the execution, each of them connected through an optimized network. Healthcare is the most critical aspect of our society, and many health care providers face challenges to offer practical and active services to patients.
Processing Speed & Results
Reduction in Errors
Data Security & Retrieving Ability
Improved Patient Care
Quality & Compliance
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