The Government of Gujarat (GoG) launched the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) in 2006 for streamlining the day to day operations and enabling real-time monitoring of government hospitals across the state.
The Hospital Management Information System(HMIS) has been envisaged to help health administrators in Gujarat to exercise an enhanced monitoring control over the functioning of government hospitals by using decision support indicators, to assist doctors and medical staff to improve health services and to provide efficient and timely treatment to patients through automatic alerts during patient treatment cycle.
Prior to the HMIS, the absence of a coherent management system made the monitoring of diversely located hospitals difficult. Senior level officials were unable to keep track on usage of funds and to record development on various health indicators of the state. At the same time, hospitals were facing day to day operational challenges resulting in wastage of time, manpower and money and a non-transparent and unaccountable working environment.
Through the efforts of the Commissionerate of Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education, the Health and Family Welfare, and Medical Education Department of Government of Gujarat and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., government hospital processes in Gujarat were re-engineered to include the creation of a system of online registration, simplification of diagnostic process through single sample collection, setting up of standardized administrative formats, etc. HMIS began as a pilot in four hospitals in 2006 and by March 2008 the system was being used in all 30 government hospitals across the state.
With the HMIS, the loopholes in the operations of government hospitals throughout Gujarat were addressed. HMIS has enabled the provision of better care to patients by automating all the major functional areas of government hospitals. It is also facilitating the monitoring of pre-defined health indicators by generating periodic reports for the hospital management as well as state level administrators.
The case study was published in September 2012.Download File