Hospital Information System (HIS): At a Glance


  • Yousef Mehdipour PhD Scholar in Education, Institute of Advanced Study in Education, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Faculty, HIT Department, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
  • Hamideh Zerehkafi


Hospital Information Systems, Hospital, System, Electronic Medical records


Information is the foundation for policy making, planning, programming, and accountability. Health informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Boddy et. al (2005) describes an information system (IS) as“a set of people, procedures and resources that collects data which it transforms an`d disseminatesâ€. Most professionally run hospitals and clinics now rely on Hospital Information Systems  (HIS) that help them manage all their medical and administrative information. A health information system (HIS) can be defined as “comprising all computer-based components which are used to enter, store, process, communicate, and present health related or patient related information, and which are used by health care professionals or the patient themselves in the context of inpatient or outpatient patient care†(UMIT, 2005). It is also known as Healthcare Information System. In health organization such as hospitals, implementation of HIS inevitable due to many mediating and dominating factors such as organization, people and technology.

Data for this paper were collected through bibliographic and internet research. Four key areas will be addressed in this paper:

  1. An analysis of HIS and its components.
  2. Benefits of HIS
  1. 3. Phases Of Implementation Of HIS
  2. 4. Suggestions for selecting of HIS

Study showed that End-user training is crucial for the success of an HIS. Without the users being trained properly in their assignments the chance of failure increases substantially. Training is not only important as a mean for teaching the individuals how to perform certain tasks, it’s also one of the most pervasive methods of communicating organization goals to the personnel.





How to Cite

Mehdipour, Y., & Zerehkafi, H. (2013). Hospital Information System (HIS): At a Glance. Asian Journal of Computer and Information Systems, 1(2). Retrieved from