Enterprise Health Information Systems

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
  • Marion J. Ball
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Health care institutions generate massive volumes of information that must be collected, transmitted, recorded, retrieved, and summarized. The problem of managing all these activities for clinical information has become monumental. As a result, computer based hospital information systems (HISs) were designed, tested, and installed in hospitals of all sizes. The original purpose of HISs was to provide a computer-based framework to facilitate the communication of information within a hospital setting. Essentially, an HIS is a communication network linking terminals and output devices in key patient care or service areas to a central processing unit that coordinates all essential patient care activities. Thus, the HIS provides a communication system between departments (e.g., dietary, nursing units, pharmacy, laboratory, etc.); a central information system for receipt, sorting, transmission, storage, and retrieval of information; and a high speed, data processing system for fast and economic processing of data to provide information in its most useful form.


Health Care Delivery Hospital Information System Health Information System Health Service Delivery Order Entry 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Jackson, G.G. Information handling costs in hospitals. Datamation 1969;15:56. McHugh, M., and Schultz, S. Computer technology in hospital nursing departments: Future applications and implications. In: Blum, B.I. (ed.) Proceedings, Sixth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care. Los Angeles: IEEE, 1982: 557–561.Google Scholar
  2. Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States. Health Care Online: The Role of Information Technologies. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office OTA-ITC-624, Sept. 1995.Google Scholar

Additional Resources

  1. Adelhard, K., Eckel, R., Holzel, D., and Tretter, W. Design elements of a telemedical medical record. In: Cimino, J.J. (ed.) Proceedings, AMIA Fall Symposium, 1996: 473–477.Google Scholar
  2. Alvarez, R.C., Curry, J., Hodge, T., Chatwin, B.J., and Hannah, K.J. A provincial health information processing strategy: A case study. In: Lunn, K.C.. Degoulet, P., Piemme, T.E., and Reinhoff, O. (eds.) Medinfo ’82 Proceedings. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1992.Google Scholar
  3. Ballardini, L., Mazzoleni, M.C., Tramarin R., Caprotti, M. Remote management of a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging session by a low cost teleconsulting system. In: Cimino, J.J. (ed.) Proceedings, AMIA Fall Symposium, 1996: 825.Google Scholar
  4. CANARIE Inc. Towards a Canadian Health Iway: Vision, Opportunities and Future Steps. Ottawa, 1996.Google Scholar
  5. Chang, I.F., Suarez, H.H., Ho, L.C., Cheung, P.S., and Ke, J.S. Nationwide implementation of telemedicine and CPR systems in Taiwan. In: Cimino, J.J. (ed.) Proceedings, AMIA Fall Symposium, 1996: 878.Google Scholar
  6. Donsez, Didier, Tiers, Gonzague, Modjeddi, Bijan, Beuscart, Regis. Improving the continuity of care: the ISAR—Telematics European Project. In: Cimino, J.J. (ed.) Proceedings, AMIA Fall Symposium, 1996: 890.Google Scholar
  7. Forslund, D.W., Phillips, R.L., Kilman, D.G., Cook, J.L. Experiences with a distributed virtual patient record system. In: Cimino, J.J. (ed.) Proceedings, AMIA Fall Symposium, 1996: 483–487.Google Scholar
  8. Hannah, K.J. Transforming information: Data management support of health care reorganization. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 1995; 2 (3): 147–155.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marion J. Ball
    • 3
    • 4
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
    • 5
  1. 1.Health InformaticsSierra Systems Consultants, Inc.CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Community Health Science, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.First Consulting GroupBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Margaret J.A. Edwards and Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

Personalised recommendations