Patton-Fuller Hospital Networking Project Part Three
Providing quality health care since 1975, Patton-Fuller Community Hospital services the community to meet needs in every stage of life. Patton-Fuller’s services include emergency care, surgery, radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, intensive care units, and labor and delivery (Apollo Group, 2013). The primary responsibility of Patton-Fuller remains to provide excellent health care while protecting the rights of their patients. In considering an improvement of Patton-Fuller’s business systems it remains imperative to consider the business systems currently in use at the hospital.
Current Business System
Patton-Fuller currently uses several information systems to facilitate communication between management, employees, doctors, nurses, and patients. These systems help improve the operations of the hospital, foster relationships with patients, and assist management in executive decisions regarding finances. Currently Patton-Fuller divides its network into two portions; the administration operations and the clinical operations connected by a network switch. The administration portion manages operations like human resources (HR), information technology (IT), finance, senior management, facilities, and patient admission/discharge. The clinical portion manages patient care like emergency rooms, pharmacy, operating rooms, intensive care units, laboratory, patient rooms, examination rooms, and doctors’ offices (Apollo Group, 2013). Patton-Fuller currently uses the following systems:
• Accounting and Finance Information System – This system enables senior executives to manage effectively the assets, cash flow, liabilities, and income generated by the hospital. This system also allows departments like payroll to generate paychecks for employees, and accounting to accomplish tasks like accounts payable and receivable. This system also helps generate statements required by state and federal regulations.
• Human Resources...