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Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018;247:536-540.

Advantages of a Web-Based Real-Time Bed-Management System for Hospital Admission Monitoring in Iran.

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1
Statistics & Information Technology Office, Ministry of Health & Medical Education, I.R. Iran.
2
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Lack of up-to-date information of hospitals beds, specifically in emergencies, is a significant problem in many large countries; The Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran (MOHME) designed and implemented a dynamic system that reports the status of beds in 2012. This system created great opportunities for national bed management, including real-time hospital admission monitoring, especially for emergency departments, ICUs and CCUs. Therefore, an additional online system was planned to be implemented for monitoring hospital admissions, including a national alert system. Prior to the design of this system, a study was done using literature study and expert opinion to investigate the advantages and features that this monitoring system was required to have. We used the MoSCoW method to prioritize the requirements of the system. This system was designed to have the following advantages, among other things: the hospitals as well as government should be able to track the patients, manage patient distribution in healthcare centers, and make policy for supplying extra beds. It should also be possible for the hospitals executive board, as well as the government, to monitor the performance of the hospitals regarding patient admissions (i.e., the rate of rejection of patients with severe conditions).

KEYWORDS:

Bed management; Bed management dashboard; Hospital patient management; Real-time hospital admission system

PMID:
29678018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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