There are so many moving parts to a hospital or clinic and technology is at the forefront of everything in this advanced industry. It’s no wonder that there are so many great business software options for hospitals and clinics but finding just the right product for your organization can be difficult if you don’t know how to approach the process.
First, start by documenting what you use today and make sure you take inventory of every system, costs, and integrations between them. Next, talk to your staff and understand where there are potential gaps and what they like most about your current applications. Finally, try to put numbers to the gaps to understand your potential loss in terms of hard dollars, lost productivity, and on-going maintenance and support.
Once you’ve done this you can make a better decision if you need to make changes or if you can make your existing systems better. Don’t be afraid to go back to your current system providers and talk to them about your concerns. In many cases you will find that they want to retain your business and will work with you to come up with some alternative solutions or you might be surprised to find out that they are working on new versions or have other products available that will solve your problems with minimal effort.
In the case where you know that you need to find another hospital or clinic management system – make sure you identify the business requirements, integration needs to other systems if the hospital management or clinic management software doesn’t offer specific features or modules, and identify your desired platforms as it’s becoming more and more important to decide between cloud, hosted, or on-premise applications.
We love the Capterra database which is a great place to find hospital management and clinic management business applications. Each listing includes a brief description as well as user reviews so you can sort long lists to find the most popular or highest rated applications. Keep in mind that some of the newer products on the market won’t have as many reviews so you should probably use both approaches to build a well-rounded list of potential hospital management systems to evaluate.
Below is just a small sample of some of the hospital and clinic management software listed on the Capterra directory. You may also want to look at other related categories on the directory as there is much overlap between hospital and clinic management software and applications listed in other parts of Capterra such as Medical Inventory, Long-Term Care, Home Health, Patient Management, Medical Billing, and others. The list below includes a few others that we found that may also be of interest.
Aarogya Hospital Management Software
ACGIL Hospital Management
Amrita Health Information System
Caresoft Hospital Information System
e-IVF Fertility Clinic Software
Excellence Hospital Management
Health Data Archiver
HOSP – Hospital Management
Hospital Express Software
Hospital Management Software
Next Hospital Management
NextGen Practice Management
Oasys Hospital ERP
Pathology Management Software
Radiance HMS ERP
RIA Integrated Healthcare Suite
Stay Staffed HMS
VIKAS Hospital ERP
Visual Hospital Management
Win Apps HMS
The list above is comprehensive to say the least but we’re are confident that it doesn’t include every product available so look around – attend industry trade shows, read hospital industry publications, talk to your peers, and do your own searches to ensure that you find the right products to evaluate.
Also, make sure that you evaluate products that may focus on your particular focus as there are HMS systems developed specifically for gynecology, pediatrics, cardiovascular, fertility, pathology, dermatology, neurology, and other niche segments of the hospital and medical industry. Also ensure that the products you’re evaluating are a fit for an organization of your size. Some of the products on this list are designed for smaller facilities which will lack features at a lower price while the ones designed for larger facilities will have the all the features but at a much higher cost.
Also remember that you have options. In today’s world it’s easy to integrate different systems to create a best of breed application. Pick a solid HIS or HMS system to manage the core of your organization, integrate it to a rock-solid accounting system like Sage Intacct (we can help), and leverage a good development consultant like e2b teknologies to build integration to ancillary systems such as facility management, staff scheduling, HRMS, and more.