Patient administration system

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Patient Administration Systems (often abbreviated to PAS) developed out of the automation of administrative paperwork in healthcare organisations, particularly hospitals, and are one of the core components of a hospital's IT infrastructure. The PAS records the patient's demographics (e.g. name, home address, date of birth) and details all patient contact with the hospital, both outpatient and inpatient.[1]

PAS systems are often criticised for providing only administrative functionality to hospitals, however attempts to provide more clinical and operational functionality have often been expensive failures.

History[edit]

In the UK, IRC PAS was developed at North Staffordshire Health Authority in the late 1960s.[2] It became widely used within the NHS and was supported commercially by ICL. Siemens Nixdorf acquired the PAS in 1996 but dropped support in 1998.[3] The NPfIT project was claimed to have deployed a total 141 new generation PAS by 2008 [4] but this figure had risen to only 170 by 2010.[5]

Core Functions[edit]

PAS Systems provide a number of core essential functions to hospitals:

  1. Master Patient Index
  2. Appointment Booking
  3. Waiting List Management
  4. Record of Patient Activity
  5. Activity Returns/Billing
  6. Reporting
  7. Admission

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Learning from Bristol: the report of the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary 1984 -1995". Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry. 2001-07-01. p. 7. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ Smith MF. "The NHS can succeed in IT". BMJ 2003;326 (letter) 24 January. 
  3. ^ "Siemens dumps system". HSJ 16 July 1998. 
  4. ^ "Tuesday 4 November 2008". House of Commons. 
  5. ^ "NHS: IT Strategy". House of Lords.