Kagoshima University Hospital, established in 1872 as the forerunner of the Shimazu domain medical school, is the only university hospital in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The Prefecture is comprised of many remote islands and remote areas and Kagoshima University Hospital provides advanced medical care so that people in all areas of the Prefecture can receive the best possible care. In April 2018, Kagoshima University Hospital introduced a single sign-on system to make the evidenced-based clinical information in UpToDate more accessible for all medical professionals within the hospital.
Kagoshima University Hospital integrates a clinical decision support resource into their hospital information system to deliver quality care
Kagoshima University Hospital has been building a comprehensive hospital information system for more than 30 years. To continually improve the efficiency and convenience of the entire medical information system, the hospital incorporated the clinical decision support resource UpToDate® into their workflow in 2018.
As the originator of the “ordering system,” Kagoshima University Hospital has been an early adopter of computerized IT systems. We interviewed Dr. Takashi Iwaanakuchi, Assistant Professor of the Medical Information Department, who has a background in nursing and is now responsible for the hospital’s information system, about the improved hospital system and how the integration of UpToDate has helped the medical staff deliver quality care.
How did the hospital "ordering system" come about?
Kagoshima University Hospital has been developing and managing Think(Total Hospital Information System of Kagoshima University), a comprehensive hospital information system that supports hospital operations, since 1984. The term "ordering system", which is now commonly used across Japan, originated from Think.
The Medical Information Department, to which I belong, has a Medical Information Management Section and a Physician Administrative Assistant Section. Both sections play a role in optimizing the flow of information within the hospital, from managing the accuracy of medical information to its utilization.