HMIS Questions and Answers
Please answer the following:
Define the term “organization management” and state
why a management imperative in the health service organization context appears
to be strongly advocated in the development of a HMIS curriculum.
How is HMIS different from MIS? How are they
Why is a balance of technical skills and
organizational know-how important for HMIS training and education? How does
this relate to evolving health information as an organization resource?
What are the values and benefits of using a model
such as the HMIS framework to structure the design and development of an HMIS
for a health service organization?
Distinguish between open and closed systems.
How do you identify if a health service organization
is not collecting, transforming, or managing information properly? Use the
example of a hospital information system (HIS) to illustrate your answer.
Why is “management” often considered both a science
and an art?
Distinguish between “process efficiency” and “system
efficiency,” and between “process effectiveness” and “system effectiveness” and
provide the rationale for the need to reengineer the health management
information system design, development, and management process.
What are the basic components of the HMIS and how
should each of these components be managed? Why might EUC become dangerous to a
Define the object-oriented analysis and design
approach to systems development. What are the three key mechanisms in OOAD?
Describe the “layered” development of software in OOAD and the advantages of
11. What do you think are the major contributions of information technology to the health care industry?
What is systems integration in the health care
setting? What is its significance?
What do you perceive as the possible reason(s) that
have led to MIS development occurring at a slower pace in the health service
sector than in the business sector?
Imagine you are an IS consultant from the business
sector and have been hired by the chief executive officer (CEO) of a small
rural hospital to assist in the development of a HMIS. What could you say about
the difference in environmental, organizational, and technological contexts
between the two industrial sectors? How would your strategy be the same and how
would it be different in comparison to planning and developing a MIS for a
large health service organization versus a small one?
Define health information resource management (HIRM)
and describe its purpose.
What does HIRM provide to managers of health service
What are the five aspects of HIRM?
Please indicate whether the following statements
should be included in the job description of a CEO or a CIO:______ He or she
should be responsible for developing and managing information.______ Ensure
that a key executive/manager who has a primary and unmistakable responsibility
for developing and sharing information within the organization is
appointed.______ Act as a role model (e.g., be organized and positive) as all
other strata of management and staff within the organization may take their cue
from him or her.______ An individual within an organization has been given the
responsibility to manage the organization’s information.______ Work effectively
with the chief ________ officer to ensure that the processes for managing
information within the organization are effective.______ Assist the executive
team and governing board in using information effectively to support strategic
planning and management.______ Provide management oversight and coordinating
information processing and telecommunication systems throughout the
organization.______ He or she should have an in-depth understanding of the
current caregiving environment.______ He or she should be an active leader in
the development of the organization’s information systems plans for the
future.______ He or she should have a sound understanding of the information
systems industry, particularly in relation to health care.______ He or she must
ensure the development of the appropriate structure and the availability of the
expertise within the facilities and assist in the challenge of obtaining the
right information and interpreting it appropriately.______ He or she should be
an executive who understands and advocates that information is a corporate
asset to be used and protected with the same care as any other corporate
asset.______ He or she should anticipate the appropriate time for implementing
leading-edge technology.______ He or she should create a current
state-of-the-art management information technology infrastruture that supports
the organization’s overall plans, goals, and objectives.
What are some common steps in HMIS implementation?
What other issues need to be settled?
What kind of skills should health information
systems managers in the future possess?