A Comparative study on organizational positions of health management and information technology department of hospitals and proposing a model for Iran

AUTHORS

Farahnaz Sadoughi 1 , Nasrin Davaridolatabadi 2 , * , Abbas Sheikhtaheri 3 , Mohammad Reza Maleki 4 , Mehraban Shahi 2

1 Professor Department of Health Information Management, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Department of Health Information Management, Health Information Management Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor Department of Health Information Management, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

4 Professor Department of Health Care and Services Management, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

How to Cite: Sadoughi F , Davaridolatabadi N , Sheikhtaheri A , Maleki M R , Shahi M. A Comparative study on organizational positions of health management and information technology department of hospitals and proposing a model for Iran, Hormozgan Med J. 2015 ; 19(2):e87435.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 19 (2); e87435
Published Online: August 25, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 27, 2013
Accepted: August 25, 2013

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Abstract

Introduction: Human resources in hospitals are one of the most important factors that
play a key role in the information management plans success. This study was carried out
with the aims of proposing an organizational jobs and positions model for health
management and information technology department in Iranian hospitals.
Methods: Our descriptive study was completed in two phases. In the first phase, the
organizational positions of the mentioned department were extracted from the selected
countries and in the second phase a total of 22 unique organizational positions were sent to
36 experts to ask their opinions. Checklists and the researcher’s questionnaire were tools
used to collected information in the first and second phases, respectively. After collecting
questionnaires, their agreement and disagreement with various dimensions of the
suggested model was appraised using descriptive statistical indicators and SPSS Software.
Results: The organizational positions related to management department are health
information manager and health information senior manager. The organizational position
of management and IT is IT manager, statistician, Health information management expert,
Information storage and retrieval expert, information analyzer, health informatics and IT
expert, IT expert in-charge, and clinical coder.
Conclusion: Lack of an organizational structure proper with a department may be
problematic for employees of that department who intend to fulfill their jobs. Since in Iran
Medical Records departments work mostly based on manual activities and information
technology has been marginalized, it is stressed that information management and IT
departments perform in concert information related affairs of hospitals, which helps them
to achieve their main objectives.

Keywords

Organization - Health Information - Hospital

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