Information management in
healthcare talks about the organization and better access to important expertise
whenever it is required. The most important thing overall is that healthcare
provider can access patient data information anytime. As a matter of fact,
information technology permits concise information to be warehoused and
recovered as needed. In addition, all of the process modeling could be applied in
deferent healthcare fields (Liyanage, 2016).
Business process modeling
has been widely used in healthcare and has replaced Time and Motion Study and
Total Quality Management. Now, I would like to mention some benefits of using
business process modeling in health care:
alignment with business strategy; every time, a new business strategy is
implemented, carries certain changes that involves people performance and
changes in operations (Amos, 2016).
communication improvement; in order to have successful project, all of the team
members have to be on a same page, and understand their roles and how their
tasks need to be executed.
and reliability; it is vital that processing models are constantly utilized the
same way every time (Amos, 2016).
develop processing efficiencies; this step actually allows managers to check
for certain processing optimizations, further utilize the process cycle time,
help that resources get better used and decrease any interruptions (Amos, 2016).
organization will benefit competitive advantage by investing necessary time to
document, continuously upgrade and helps advancing processing models (Amos,
One of the business process models that is highly used in healthcare
is Data Flow Diagram. In order to make complex data less complicate, DFDs were
originally used in the software engineering field for figuring out and trying
to resolve system design issues. Use of DFDs actually allows IT personnel to
gain necessary knowledge regarding processes and to make necessary changes in
the flow diagram when needed (Le Vie, Jr., n.d.).
Some of the pros of using a data flow diagram include: DFD usage
encourages faster and more reliable/easier improvement of the project code. The
DFDs uses English nouns and the composition that is used is not complex. In
addition, DFDs can help with people disintegration. With the pros, there are
also cons that follow the use of DFDs. DFDs designed for bigger systems can
become unmanageable, hard to read and translate. Programmers can find data flow
very challenging, and certain DFD models use certain symbols (Le Vie, Jr., n.d.)
Overall, DFDs are highly used by IT personnel of health information
systems and the administrators of health care organizations. They can be used
in different settings ranging from prescription processes to administration of
chemotherapy in the pediatric oncology inpatient setting (Le Vie, Jr., n.d.).