Development of Decision Support Systems
Use of decision support systems within a hospital are becoming almost a necessity. As Hospital Information Systems (HIS) usage has grown in the hospital the requirements of such a system to assist in the decision processes of the medical personnel has simultaneously grown. The fact that data is now available on the computer has stimulated those with access to that data to demand increased software to utilize the data in their decision support requirements. These requirements have come not only from the medical staff, but include the nursing, administrative, and ancillary staff as well. In response to those requests system developers have used both the power of the PC for quickly developing decision support programs and attempted to upgrade existing HISs to incorporate decision support software. Because of the need to integrate all decision support programs with an integrated hospital database, we at LDS Hospital have chosen to develop an HIS which is knowledge driven for the express purpose of being a decision support system which also performs all of the traditional HIS functions.
KeywordsDecision Support Decision Support System Hospital Information System Medication Order Hospital Information System
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