Health Care Information System Reflection

Running header: HEALTH CARE INFORMATION SYSTEM REFLECTION 1 HealthCare Information System ReflectionNameInstitutionalaffiliationHealthCare Information System Reflection.Healthcare information and automation systems play an important role inimproving efficiency and enhancing the general workflow in medicalfacilities. I work in a blood bank laboratory where information onblood, blood transfusion as well as results from lab tests is kept.For optimal care to be delivered, laboratory results must bereliable. In my current employment, a laboratory information systemis utilized to ensure that test results are reliable and thatworkflow and general service delivery is effective. The labinformation system comprises of computer programs that process, storeand manage information from the different medical tests andprocesses.Thelab information system in the blood bank I work is utilized by bothtechnicians and physicians to monitor and supervise outpatient andinpatient medical testing. The system’s features include orderentry, check in management, result entry and specimen processing.Blood transfusion and donation process include collecting, analyzingand making blood available for transfusion. Additionally, the processinvolves carrying out pre-transfusion testing and cross matchingbefore final infusion into a patient. Independent blood centers andhospital blood banks make up the blood systems. These centers must bein constant communication in order to ensure that the required bloodis delivered in time whenever needed. Rigorous documentation ofinformation is necessary from the time of blood collection to when itis infused into a patient. The lab information system serves to makethe whole process easy. Theautomation and information system comprises of control system,laboratory database system and automated manufacturing equipment. Allthese components are made up of a series of hardware, networkcomponents and software. The networked and computerized informationsystems work in close association with the automation systems incarrying out various operations such as blood screening, analysis ofdata and blood dissemination and management. The information systemmakes it possible for blood processing to go on without any one’sdirect intervention. Through various soft and hard interfaces,important information on blood availability as well as test resultscan be shared by various technicians as well as with physicians andother health facilities.