Strategic Information Technology for an Integrated Delivery System
The EHS Health Care System entered the 1980s with a self-developed hospital information system (HIS) that was unable to meet customer needs and took an ever-expanding staff to keep up with demands, both local and regulatory. In 1987, the information systems strategy turned the hospital system away from the mainframe and self-development philosophy. The five-year plan called for the development of a wide area network (WAN), linking individual facility local area networks (LAN) and building a distributed, open architecture platform. This design would enable EHS to select best of breed software, move to smaller and more economical hardware platforms, and utilize a model approach for the installation of selected products at each of the five hospitals owned at that time. The plan set up the infrastructure for EHS to act as a healthcare system as the demand for sharing and consolidation of information grew. This demand continues to grow more acute with the shift to managed care and the move toward reform.
KeywordsInformation System Hospital Information System Wide Area Network Business Growth Transaction System
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