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Springerplus. 2016 Oct 13;5(1):1785. eCollection 2016.

Effects of the performance management information system in improving performance: an empirical study in Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital.

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Department of Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine, No. 639, Zhizaoju Road, HuangPu District, Shanghai, 200011 China.


Improving the performance of clinical departments is not only the significant content of the healthcare system reform in China, but also the essential approach to better satisfying the Chinese growing demand for medical services. Performance management is vital and meaningful to public hospitals in China. Several studies are conducted in hospital internal performance management, but almost none of them consider the effects of informational tools. Therefore, we carried out an empirical study on effects of using performance management information system in Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital. The main feature of the system is that it provides a real-time query platform for users to analyze and dynamically monitor the key performance indexes, timely detect problems and make adjustments. We collected pivotal medical data on 35 clinical departments of this hospital from January 2013 until December 2014, 1 year before and after applying the performance management information system. Comparative analysis was conducted by statistical methods. The results show that the system is beneficial to improve performance scores of clinical departments and lower the proportion of drug expenses, meanwhile, shorten the average hospitalized days and increase the bed turnover rate. That is to say, with the increasing medical services, the quality and efficiency is greatly improved. In a word, application of the performance management information system has a positive effect on improving performance of clinical departments.


Clinical departments; Empirical study; Hospital; Information system; Performance management

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