The demand for betterment in healthcare industry is rising every year and hospital industry requires automation in various processes to speed up its functions and to easily regulate the various systems. Some of the common features of hospital management software are in-patient management, out-patient management, appointment of doctors, doctor's scheduling, hospital services (such as CT Scan, ECG, Blood Test , MRI), bed management, blood bank management, ward management, OT management, discharge, billing, payment, reporting and employee management.
There are many giant hospital chains located in various parts of the world and these hospitals require central management to take care of the inventory and accounts. Hospitals also require security and patient management. Technically advanced features include managing patient history, lab and Imagining, pharmacy management, restoring medical data, insurance management, wireless features etc.
There are many reasons for hospital to go for ERPs to manage their system and some of the common benefits of using ERP in hospital management are -
Get centrally managed data: ERP software can store millions of data related to health problems and patients'. The disease conditions and medical procedures are also mentioned in the software. Epidemiological and statistical reports can be generated and paperless patient examination can be conducted. The data related to administration and hospital management can be gained and viewed anytime. The software can be used to get scalability, reliability, decision making, management, data processing and overheads.
Reduce operational cost: ERP manages every minute details and stores data related to beds, bed sheets, medicines, rooms' charges, canteen etc. The complete inventory and stock management provided by the automated processes can reduce the overall operational cost. Fox example: Employees sitting on the counters can enter the data related to any item and the data is updated at one database and it can be accessed from any department or distant unit. So the expense on storage and transportation of data is reduced.
Easy management: Hospitals located in various places in a city or hospitals having separate departments at distant places, can manage the data from one place and the employee sitting with the computer need not move from his place to transfer the data. The data provided through software is accurate and it can be viewed from anywhere.
Fast transaction: The process of billings speeds up and patients need not wait in long queues to get treatment.
Market competition: Today patients search for fast service and are not ready to wait for long hours to get any service. Computerized system enables fast delivery of services and it also provides the hospitals with the needed competitive edge to provide accurate information and data.
The hospital ERPs available in market are designed vividly to suit the requirements of hospitals of varying sizes and background. Some of the leading providers of hospital ERPs are SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Infosys, and SAGE etc.
Online Services: With the new development hospitals also provide online information related to services and healthcare features and it can promote itself and meet global patients. Easy availability of information enables patients to prevent delays in getting medical care.