Coordinated computerized systems aimed at management, control, and quality assurance of medical processes and informatics

Yossy Machluf, Avinoam Pirogovsky, Elio Palma, Avi Yona, Amir Navon, Tamar Shohat, Amir Yitzak, Orna Tal, Nachman Ash, Michael Nachman, Yoram Chaiter

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Abstract

Purpose: As part of the routine work of the medical committees in the Israel Defense Forces, a unique nationwide computerized control system is being implemented to assess and manage medical processes. The purpose of this paper is to report on that implementation. Design/methodology/approach: The computerized system consists of three main components: a specific status indicating the processes in each file, an appointment system, and an internal computerized system that uses a magnetic card for the regulation of the local waiting lists. Findings: The combined computerized system improves the control and management of the medical processes and informatics from the point-of-view of both the patients and system operators. Different parameters of quality control regarding the medical and administrative processes are assessed (such as efficiency), and solutions are sought. Computerized system-based design and re-allocation of human and medical resources were implemented according to the capacities and limitations of the medical system. A reduction in the daily number of invited recruits improved the quality of the medical encounters. Specific combined status codes were introduced for the efficient planning of the medical encounters. Implementation and automation of medical regulations and procedures within the computerized system make the latter play a key role and serve as a control tool during the decision-making process. Originality/value: The computerized system allows efficient follow-up and management of medical processes and informatics, led to a better utilization of human and medical resources, and becomes a component of the decision making by the system operators and the administrative staff. Such a system could be used with success in clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-681
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Computerized follow-up
  • Management
  • Medical informatics
  • Medical management
  • Medical profiling
  • Quality control
  • Recruitment centers

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