Evaluation of Radiology and Pathology Subsystems of Hospital Information Systems


1 Medical Informatics Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics, Research Center for Modelling in Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Research Center for Health Services Management, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


Background & Aims: Compliance with standards of designing information systems leads to efficient
utilization and ease of use for consumers. In this study, the compliance of the radiology and pathology
subsystems of a hospital information system with ISO 9241 section 12 was assessed in selected hospitals
affiliated with Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
Methods: This applied research is a descriptive, cross-sectional study. In this study, the radiology and
pathology subsystems of hospital information systems were evaluated in 8 hospitals based on ISO 9241
section 12. Data was collected by researchers, during winter 2012, using ISO 9241/12 checklist, and then, it
was assessed by hospital information technology administrators. Data were analyzed in SPSS software using
descriptive statistics.
Results: The analysis of data showed that the compliance of the software with information organization was
74.6%, with graphic tools 100%, and with coding techniques 47.2%. The total compliance of the software
with the ISO 9241/12 was 73.9%.
Conclusion: According to this study, the design of widely used hospital information systems has fairly good
compliance with standards, but still suffers from some issues. Considering the role of accurate, valid, and
timely information in decision making, policymaking, and management of hospitals, it is necessary that
software developers follow standards when designing information systems


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