Information Systems Briefing
July 16, 2012
In today’s world technology is in a constant cycle of change; and, especially in the healthcare profession, information technology is growing at a very rapid rate. The implementation of health information systems is essential to increasing patient safety and the growth of any organization. The process of acquiring an information system can be lengthy; however, it is important to find a system that will fit the needs of the organization and stay within budget. This paper will discuss that process based on the organization’s goals and objectives.
The systems development life cycle (SDLC) is essentially the process in which an organization researches, acquires, implements, and maintains a health information system. Researching the system can probably be seen as the most important part of this process due to the expansive market for such technology and the expense associated with it. There are several types of systems in the market currently: server based systems, application service providers, and open source systems. Server based systems are the most specific in nature and are arguably the best systems; however, the server based systems are also going to be the most costly of the three. With server based systems, the organization can work closely with the company providing the technology and make specific changes. Also, server based systems offer more specific upgrades throughout the course of the technology’s life cycle which can be an asset when the organization has weaker areas that need improvement. The organization can also choose an application service provider. These systems are usually less expensive than the server based systems; however, all data stored by the provider is at an offsite location. This could potentially be a downfall when problems such as power outages, technology failure, or HIPAA...