The Sao Paulo Institute, where the former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is being treated for throat cancer, is planning a major expansion which will include the implementation of a new clinical management IT system.
"Doctors are reluctant to issue digital prescriptions due to the slowness of the system," says Gonzalo Vecina, the hospital superintendent.
Hospital management is perhaps one of the most complex of logistics and organizational disciplines. A Hospital is the only "company" that works seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with a wide range of professional staff - more than 14 different disciplines in the health care area alone - including engineers, managers, and human resources professionals, besides having to reconcile economic interests with the vital necessities of the population.
According to the superintendent of Syrian-Lebanese Hospital, clinical and administrative management is among the main bottlenecks in the sector. Due to the highly complex software, Hospitals have much progress to make, according Vecina; "There is no demand for efficiency".
For example, at the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital, physicians are reluctant to fill out electronic prescriptions. For each prescribed drug, the doctor must open a series of windows and fill in various fields. "It takes about twenty minutes and doctors don't want to do it. So we hire one person just to scan the prescriptions: the transcriber," says Vecina.
For the first time, the whole event will be completely free to attend
HC has been the leading health informatics themed event for te UK and Europe for over 28 years, and has always aimed to inform and educate practitioners and users towards achieving success. This will continue as the event expands its breadth and depth in 2012.
NAME:Health Informatics Congress
WHEN: May 2-3
WHERE: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH