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An Overview of Surgery Information Systems

written by: Lashan Clarke • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 2/13/2011

Surgery information systems are an ideal way to organize the patient records within a surgery department. The benefits of using these type of systems are noted below.

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    Introduction To Surgery Information Systems

    There are various areas within a hospital that need the most updated information and the best technology available. One of these areas is the surgical department. Regardless of whether you are a general surgeon or a surgeon with a subspecialty, you will need access to information that is current and readily available.

    Other medical personnel working within the surgical department should also be skilled in using a computer system to review the relevant patient information. This is why it is important for medical care facilities to implement a surgical information system that is not only easy to use, but also easy for medical personnel to understand.

    Thus the use of surgery information systems is an efficient way to organize and control the amount of procedures and cases that occur daily in an surgical department.

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    Benefits of Surgery Information Systems

    Within the western world, computers are required in various aspects of patient care. These computer systems are now integrated into the hospital’s surgical departments and can be used to track scheduling and patient records.

    In a surgical department, a computer information system is able to show patient history and the results of previous medical tests completed. There is still a lot to be done in this area as some health care facilities have not fully moved towards a completely electronic medical record system.

    Surgery information systems can be a great opportunity to enhance the access of physicians to medical surgical information. There is a benefit of using this type of system not just for the physician, but also for the patient.

    With their use, surgical systems allow the surgeon to easily provide care, review and input patient notes faster, reduce patient errors, and maintain a level of control towards the amount of patient cases.

    This type of information system can be used to improve the communication between a health professional and a patient, as all of the information is easily accessible. The benefit of a surgery information system is seen in the way it can be used not only for acute patient care, but also to monitor and evaluate the amount of services provided and the amount of resources available.

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    Training In Surgery Information Systems

    To be able to use a medical information system, specialized training in surgical information technology is needed for all medical professions. This type of training is usually conducted in the beginning when a new computer system is established within a health care facility.

    A large group of surgeons are provided with a workshop or seminar on how to use the information system and its relevant features. Therefore, a training program can reduce the frustration associated with using a new system, but it also helps reduce the amount of user errors encountered with new implementation.

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