Hospital Information Systems for Nursing Problems and Possibilities

  • Linda Edmunds
Part of the Computers and Medicine book series (C+M)


Hospital Information Systems are the greatest thing since sliced bread—for nurses, for doctors, for administrators, for ancillary technicians—most of all for patients! I can’t count the number of presentations I’ve made on this theme and my colleagues are also out there writing and speaking about the benefits of computerization for nursing services. Truthfully, the HIS technology is exciting; it can and does assist nurses with all sorts of functions from planning care for a single patient to program planning for an entire nursing department.1 But the bottom line is that the mainframe HIS can do more for us, and the first step in moving these systems towards greater productivity for nursing services is to identify the existing problems and to suggest possibilities for overcoming them. That is what this paper is about—the HIS—what it does do, what it doesn’t do and what it could do.


Hospital Information System Nursing Service Nursing Diagnosis Nursing Care Plan Physiological Monitoring System 
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