Today’s health care organizations are meeting great challenges to effectively manage and incorporate clinical, and financial operational information. As these organizations are continually pressed by the need to grow and develop, they decided to have a hospital information system (HIS); also called as clinical information system (CIS). HIS vitally keep these organizations in pace—from the small, mid-size, and large organizations.
Now, the question is: how can HIS become very helpful to these organizations? Essentially, HIS is a comprehensive and integrated information system that is purposely designed to supervise the financial, clinical, and administrative facets of a hospital. This significantly covers data processing machines as well as paper-based information processing. So, since HIS is a part of medical informatics; this definitely aims to get the best achievable support of administration and patient care through the use of electronic data processing. To make HIS more effective, this is purposely designed to include more than one components of software. This also goes along with specialty-detailed extensions including great variations of sub-systems in medical fields. Examples of these are Radiology Information System and Laboratory Information System.
In addition, it was mentioned above that HIS is also termed as CIS. However, there are some instances wherein these two terms are used separately. CIS is used to focus on the data in clinical-state-related as well as patient-related. HIS, on the other hand, focus on the managerial issues. Unfortunately, many perceive the distinction as vague. In addition, the distinction of these two terms is said to contain contradictory evidences as opposed to their regular use.