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Hospital Management

History and Introduction to Hospital:


The word "hospital" comes from the Latin "hospes" which refers to either a visitor or the host
who receives the visitor. From "hospes" came the Latin "hospitalia", an apartment for strangers
or guests, and the Medieval Latin "hospitale" and the Old French "hospital." It crossed the
Channel in the 14th century and in England began a shift in the 15th century to mean a home for
the elderly or infirm or a home for the down-and-out.
Hospital is an institution or the organization for the treatment, care, and cures of the sick and
wounded, for the study of disease, and for the training of physicians (teaching hospitals), nurses,
and allied health care personnel.
What is the importance of Hospital Management?
The answer to this question is simply that supervisors and managers of hospitals must not only
have vocational, technical knowledge about hospitals and treatment, but also should have
knowledge about contemporary management and its functions and principles. The work module
of any job is based on two pillars, namely technical work and management work.
What to be managed in Hospital?
Like other organizations and institution hospitals or any healthcare facility passes through the
following stages or in other words they need the management of below sections for the smooth
running of their organizations, but the hospitals are very complex in its nature.

Operations (actions)
Finance (money and resources),
Personnel(human relations)
Information(needed information for wise decisions)
Time (your own and that of others)

According to the Project Definition: A project is a sequence, set or series of unique, complex
and connected activities, having one goal or purpose to be completed with time frame, allocated
budget and according to its specification, now we can say the leading, controlling, organizing
and planning of all these activities is called project management. Now we can say it easily, that a
hospital or any healthcare facility is a project in its nature, therefore; applying the rule of project
management will be no far away from it.
Each of these five elements mentioned, must be managed by any person, who has its own set of
principles and guidelines to follow. For instance, when it comes to managing people, the
teachings of Industrial Psychology become pertinent. For operations, the teachings of Operations
Management as a subject become important. So, in analyzing these five elements, it also
becomes evident that the teachings of Financial Management, Information Management and

Time Management, are also important for the other three elements. In a nutshell, for a hospital
manager it is compulsory to have the sound knowledge of Operations Management, Financial
Management, Information Management, Human Resources Management, Time Management and
Communication.
For the lower level jobs at hospitals and healthcare facilities, the principles of Supervision can
become a starting point for teaching or studying the principles of management. A person in one
of the lowest level jobs found at employers must also plan, organize and control work, even if it
is just to clean an office or do some washing in one of the departments of the hospital.
Top Management members of the hospitals such as Chief Executive Officer, Financial Manager
etc, must be able to plan, organize, control and lead the wards and departments with a focus on
understanding and influencing the environment, setting the strategy and gaining commitment,
planning, implementing and monitoring strategies and evaluating and improving performance.
The Top Management must therefore have high capabilities with regard to human relations
inwards and outwards, strategic planning, team building, leadership, and negotiation and
performance management.
Middle Management members must be able to plan, organize, control and lead departments and
sections with a focus on assistance upwards for application of scientific methods and assistance
downwards for application of scientific methods. They must have the same capabilities as Senior
Managers as well as Supervisory Managers and also be good at interviewing techniques, goal
achievement, conflict handling tactics and project management.
Supervisory Management members must also be able to plan, organize, control and lead sections,
units and individuals with a focus on operations, finance, people, information and time.
Lack of Management skills in employer or employees at every hierarchy level of the hospital or
healthcare facility can be detrimental. Lack of Management skills can lead to poor performance,
lack of improvement, low profit, decisions making, disheartening of employees, lower
productivity, and jeopardize your organization.
Therefore; it is obligatory that hospital managers should have the updated and cotemporary
knowledge of Management. In below sections, you will read more about hospital management,
that how to manage hospitals or any healthcare facility in order to achieve the intended
objectives to meet the organizational goals.
Concept of Productivity in the context of hospital:
As we are discussing regarding the concept of Productivity in the context of a hospital, so we
must know that every organization whether it is Profitable or non profitable, governmental or
non governmental needs and uses different resources, which is classified in many groups:

Manpower/Labour/Task Force
Material/ Raw Material
Money/Cash/Budget
Machinery/Equipment
The effective and appropriate usage and utilization of the above mentioned factors or resources
shows and determines the organizations effectiveness. For example if it is a profitable
organization, its benefits and advantages are increased, while in case of other organizations, its
costs are reduced and diminished, therefore the reliance on private sectors and donors or
government grants and aids or itself the fee for its services are diminished.iii
The effective and valuable usage/utilization/consumption of the resources or assets is important
and significant for every organization or association, whether it is public or private. Hospitals are
not including in the row of except ness, they should be included. Actually, Health care
organizations or hospitals need to give more and more concentration and attentiveness to good
and better management and execution because of the shortage of resources. Usually the health
related organizations are short of resources, bearing in mind the demands for services placed on
them.
It is useful at this phase to comprise how management and productivity concepts as well as
techniques are related to the health field. There is mistaken idea that modern management and
productivity concepts and techniques are concerns to profit- making institutions and
manufacturing organizations only.
Productivity or Output, in simplest terms, is the relationship or bond between the resources used
and results produced. In shorter terms the productivity is the ratio or difference between Input
and output.
E.g. Input + Output=Productivity.
The effective usage of inputs will ultimately increase or affect the output or productivity. So it
means that we must give more concentration for the effective usage of inputs or resources, we
must allocate all our resources in a better way in order to achieve our goals and objectives.
So for the improvement and enhancement of the productivity it is so important to have qualified
and well trained and skilled staff, by this way they utilize and use the resources and raw material
in a good manner. This is the responsibility of the organization to conduct seminars, workshops
and trainings for their employees.

Equipment:
As it is obvious and more apparent that most hospital or health facilities have expensive
equipment remains out of the order or inventory list because of the insufficiency of the
engineering department, improper maintenance, defective service contracts and so on.
The expensive and costly equipment is under utilized because often the users do no have a clear
understanding of the capital cost of the equipment or machinery and the bond between these
costs, capacity utilization and a fee charged from the patients. It is important to improve and
enhance the quality of medical services without incensement in fees and other charges. And it is
also possible to increase the quality of services without increasing the fee by improving the
utilization and usage of the existing equipments and machinery.
Thus the engineering department of the hospital or health facility is the most and critical
department, because they are mostly involved in the maintenance and repairing the equipments
and machinery, as it is usual in my hospital there is no proper system of the maintenance. A
planned and scheduled maintenance can reduce the chance of breakdown and damage in of
machinery and deterioration in normal routine hospital activities. All the staff of the hospital
must be understand about the usage and operation of electrical/mechanical appliances and
equipments. By this way we can prevent the breakdown the equipment.
The most critical point is that, which the engineering department needs to keep a stock and
storage of day to day requirements. out come of the pathological tests, so the management and
maintenance of this department has a great importance.
Some Key Issues to be addressed:
1- Load of work:
The load of work increased on pathological laboratories is increased every patient should go
prior to his treatment to medical or pathological laboratories, so by this the laboratories are
overloaded, this overload is more in those laboratories who are attached to the hospital or in
hospital territory, and in contrast there is less load on those laboratories which are outside the
hospital or private laboratories. The hospitals and laboratories which are located in surrounding
area can enter into common understanding. Routinely the hospitals are collecting the samples
from the patient and after the examination they are giving reports to the patients back. So in this
way the load will be decrease on the laboratories and hospitals.
2-Trained/Skilled Staff:

Hospitals need trained and skilled technologists and staff, as it is obvious that many hospitals
have no professional technologists because they are not paid satisfactory. The professional
technologists have their own private laboratories in the city and they can earn more than monthly
salary of the hospitals, so if the hospitals are welling to attract and absorb the professionals in
hospital so they must pay for them a good wage salary and other bonuses.
These medical technicians who are working in the hospitals must be trained and they need these
trainings, these training programs must be undertaken by different medical association
3- Waste Control:
The wastage management is the crucial step in the hospitals, and it is so important that the
staff should be aware of the cost of wastages.
4 Optimum Utilization:
Many of the hospitals have small number of technician and these technicians are busy in other
clerical works so this is the big problem in the hospitals. Those laboratories have many problems
which is facing the above said problem. The laboratories which is owned by the pathologists the
so these pathologists are also busy with its administrative responsibilities. So it is important for
the hospitals to train extra staff for the administrative and clerical works in order to improve the
quality of the work in laboratories.
In another hand the computerization of record and documents can reduce the paperwork load on
the staff, the other benefit of the computerization and compilation of the data and information is
to facilitate subsequent and ultimate analysis and tracking of the information.
5- Maximum utilization of Lab Service
Some of the steps for the development of the laboratory services are as follows.
Making links with small hospitals and nursing.
It is impossible for the patient to wait for long hours to get the result of their lab exam. They
have to go to the laboratories at specific time. It is also possible that technician go to the home of
the patients and to collect the sample from the patients and after the lab exam the result should be
given back to the patient, so by this way the patients can charged for the services. Many of the
patients are willing to pay for their lab exams.
Relations with general practitioners who can collect the sample from the patient and then
these samples are checked in the laboratory after examining it is given back to the patient.

It is good to have a 24 hours service instead of having fixed time collection of sample, because in
24 hours service program take and give the results and reports quickly, so in this way their will
be no delay in treatment of the patient.
It is also possible that laboratories can give the results of the laboratory tests via phone to the
medical or pathology specialist in the urgent cases, so in this there will be also no delay in the
treatment of the patient.
Radiology Services:
As it is obvious to all of us by moving this world forward and advanced in technology and
physics so the radiology also moved with this advancement and the advancement of the
radiological services also need more capital or financial investment. The cost of operation is also
increasing with the consumption of inputs such as x-ray films, chemicals which is used for the
washing and cleaning of films. But the radiology department center is the big department in the
hospital for that the cost or the expenses of this department is high from the other departments,
on the other hand its profit is also high in contrast to other departments. So it is most important to
keep this department managed and well equipped because the surplus or the profit which are
coming from this department should be spent on the less income department by this way we can
run the hospital daily expenses.
Key Managerial points:
1- Equipment Breakdown:
The breakdown and even the collapse of the equipments and other instruments are common in
all hospitals, so the collapse pave the way for the idling of instruments, so in the result the test
are not doing properly and the income will also decreased and hence at the end the results of the
patients test is also delayed.
The majority of the machinery and the instruments which are so important they are mainly
imported from the other countries, so in case of the breakdown and failure the spare parts of
these equipments is not easily found in the market, so we have make the maintenance program
for these equipments.
2- Location/Place:
In many hospitals the radiology departments are situated in a very important place because the
patients can not move with films in the front of the departments and wards. So for that the
radiology departments are located from the beginning in a very strategic place.
3- Storage/warehouse.
As usually the x-ray films are stored in racks with separators according to case or patients
numbers. The appropriate storage of the x-rays paves the way for recovery. In many hospitals

and health facilities the storage system is not appropriate and also unnecessary storing take place.
The records which are older than 3 or 4 months should be distracted.
4-Lack of Skilled Technicians:
There is lack of professional technicians, so it is crucial that the technicians must be trained,
some of the technicians have got on the job training. In many hospital they have few programs
for training, so they are limited to main areas, so it so important to expand the training programs.
5- Allocation of work:
In many hospitals it is a big problem that the trained staff is engaged in extra-curricular works
like some clerical works such washing films and preparing reports and making registration, so it
is the misusage of the skill and it is so harmful for the organization.
Computerization: it is so important in many ways, and it think in this era it is so important and
crucial, it has many profits such as:
a. The data will be regularly and easily checked and retrieved and cross match of
information is so easy.
b. Control of inventory and even the asset management will go so swift and easily
6- Wastage
In many hospitals there is no proper mechanism for the waste management, all the expensive
should be used in a proper manner and we must not loose it because it will eat the profit which is
made by the hospital. So the staff will must be trained on waste management. By this way we
can control the flow of the wastage.
Management of Blood Banks:
Blood is the part of life that is given to those who need it by those who have the resource to
satisfy the need. Emergencies occur every minute. For each patient requiring blood, it is an
emergency and the patients could have set back if blood is not available. And also the surgeries
need blood, and also the blood is also required in blood disease, such as leukemias, thalassemia,
and a blood cancer.
The main tasks of blood banks are as follows:o
Collection of Blood
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Testing of the blood.
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Storage of Blood.
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Supply of Blood to the hospitals and other health facilities.
How we can collect a Blood:

Voluntary/intentional donors: This kind of blood collection is done by the voluntary


organization, they are establishing blood camps in different organization and institutions and
they persuade the people to donate with the poor and venerable patient and save their life.
Professional Donors: They are the private blood banks, even they collect the blood voluntarily
or they buy the blood and then they sale the blood.
Some Critical issues in blood banks:
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Insufficient provision of Blood: The blood bank is facing many problems, one of themost
important one is the lack of donor and volunteers, so this deficit is due to some misconceptions
and lack of education among the local people, to educate the people and to wash the brain of the
people so the public information campaign is so vital because the media is the blood of the war,
the volunteers and especially the youth should encourage to donate blood.
As it is obvious that the volunteer organization can play a big role in the collection of blood,
through blood donation camps in different places, they are supplying the blood just for a little
payment because they are just cutting their test expenses. If the blood is broken in to small
components so we can protect this blood from wastage by this way. One thing which is worthmentioning here is that the blood wastage is increasing by giving blood to children.
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Blood Testing: - Among the blood banks some of them are just working to recover
their cost but some of them are subsided. With the emerge of AIDS these laboratory
costs are increased because the costs are increasing by this Test.
It is so important for the blood banks to test the blood so carefully, because it is the matter of life
and death to the recipient of blood e.g. jaundice typhoid, malaria and even the AIDS. It is not bad
for the patient to pay more for a good quality of blood, because it is secure from different
infectious diseases.
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Staffing and workload:-When there is the collection time for blood so there is
overcrowding of the staff is exist, when this process end up so the overcrowding is became
decrease. The blood banks which are attached to the hospitals they are usually using the trained
staff of other hospitals, when the load is less so they are going back to their own duties.
Internal blood banks v.s external blood banks:
The advantage of the external blood banks are:- No capital investment
- No staffing and management problems.
The Disadvantage: Blood is not quickly available when it is needed.
Patients can replace the blood immediately when he want.

In-house blood banks depend on:Having financial resources.


- Location of hospitals near to private blood banks.
- Basic equipments for example laboratory.
Health Management Information System (HMIS)
The healthcare industry is continuously evolving and becoming more technologically advanced.
The need for information managers in this field is escalating rapidly. The major provides a solid
foundation of knowledge about management in the healthcare industry and, specifically, the
management of information systems within the healthcare field. Emphasis is on managing and
advancing the application of information technology and systems to improve the effectiveness of
healthcare delivery in a variety of settings. This major meets the industrys desire for
professionally educated individuals in the converging healthcare fields of people and information
management. Graduates with a degree in Healthcare Information Systems Management will be
able to:
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Analyze the informatics processes as it relates to the healthcare enterprise
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Integrate information management processes with clinical processes to provide effective
healthcare delivery
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Develop a plan to integrate the convergence of various healthcare information technologies
into a healthcare organization.
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Identify the implications of federal regulations on healthcare IT
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Compare and contrast the various process improvement strategies that can be used
in a healthcare IT environment
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Analyze the relationship between the management of IT and the management of
people within a healthcare organization
The reliable Management information system is the key to any organization for its better
performance, prompt availability of the information can help the management in order perform
the work with full accuracy and quality. Computers can help in this regard to improve the
management information system.
Advantages of Computers:o
It provides less staff to operate and manage.
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Decrease the paper work and enhance the accuracy.
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It is easy to track, compile and get back the entered information.
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It can store large of data and information.
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It can provide only one click type of ease.

Possibility of computer usage in hospitals:Prior to introduce the computers to the hospital the possibility study should be done to find out
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Requirement for computerization.
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Requirement of software and hardware and costs.
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Degree of computerization compulsory.
It is so necessary that prior to introduce the computer to the hospitals, we must do and perform
the feasibility study and survey with the help of ICT Manager or Officer.
The Profit/Advantage of Computerization:
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The investment is easily can be phased.
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There is chance for staff to be trained on the usage of computer, so in future
there will be no difficulty with computers.
o The fear for using new technology will be overcome by this method.
In hospital the incorporated network is not present to be used by staff, but have their Personal
computers which can not do the same work which is done through integrated network system.
Some of the Problems in Computerization:The below are the problems which is facing during computerization.
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The staff may fright from economizing due to computerization.
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Fear about new technology.
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Finance (Salary, profit, benefits and hazards).
Some Recommendations to overcome these problems:o

Phasing.

It will not just diminish the strain on the finance department, but it will help the staff to use the
new technology and new computerized system. It is recommended that a single and small
department should be computerized first, because it easy to measure the benefits or achievement
of the computerization.
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Training.

Whenever the office is going to be equipped by new technology, so it necessary that the relevant
staff should be trained, because the staff are not familiar with the new technology , so it is the
responsibility of the information and technology department to undertake the training on
computerization. ICT should compare the advantage and disadvantage of the new technology and

should compare the old manual and monolog system with the new digitalized and computerized
system.
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Finance.

Computerization is so important for the finance department, because the finance department is
always engaged with sorting, analyzing and compiling the expenses and budget issues, so it is
always recommended by the information and technology consultant the finance department
should also be computerized.
At the end we can say the in this world of transition and competition, only those organizations
are stay alive who have the capacity of changing and adapting quickly and abruptly.
Computerization facilitates more quick works and tasks, there is no department in the hospital
which doesnt need computerization, and every department needs to be computerized.
Financial Management of a Hospital:The financial management is so compulsory for the hospital and healthcare organization; because
the hospitals are growing day by day and they are becoming capital intensive which requires a lot
of investments by mean of equipment Purchasement and operating expenses.
The hospital and other health facilities which are privately running or it is government based
they need a tight and well managed financial department, financial Management is also one of
the most important branch of the hospital as other branches like operation, administration,
logistic and so on.
We have many hospital in our society which are running and financed by Government, some are
running by voluntary organizations and some are running and financed by influential and
charitable members, so all of these need a financial management section, because if there will be
no financial management so how we can analyze our revenues.
Steps in Financial Management:
Some of the best techniques in Financing
Budgeting:The process of translating planning and programming decisions into specific projected financial
plans for relatively short periods of time. Budgets are short-range segments of action programs
adopted that set out planned accomplishments and estimate the resources to be applied for the
budget periods in order to attain those accomplishments
Budgeting is the back bone of the financial management, actually the budget is the financial
forecast for the upcoming year, and it can be made quarterly or on monthly bases.

In general it estimates the income and expenditure and also the in flow and out-flow of funds,
so every department should have there own report on their activities and also the expenditure and
should report to finance section.
Cost accounting and Cost Control:
Cost accounting is actually the process of tracking, recording and analyzing costs associated with
the products or activities of an organization, where cost is defined as 'required time or resources'.
Costs are measured in units of currency by convention. Cost accounting could also be defined as
a kind of management accounting that translates the Supply Chain (the physical movement of
products) into financial value to support decision making to improve costs and cash flows.
While Cost analysis (also called economic evaluation, cost allocation, efficiency assessment,
cost-benefit analysis,or cost-effectiveness analysis by different authors) is currently a somewhat
controversial set of methods in program evaluation. One reason for the controversy is that these
terms cover a wide range of methods, but are often used interchangeably.
In general cost control has to be exercised if it is possible, while in some cases the income is
enhanced by charging clients (Patients) more, it is the ethical obligation of the hospital to
exercise cost control, so the patient does not have to charge or pay than standard values. It is
essential that control must be exercised at all level and departments of the hospital.
Prices/Fees/Charges
It is important that an appropriate amount of fee for various services be charged. Actually the
charges influence the number of patients receiving services and the income of the hospital or
other health facilities.
The fees should be based on:- Cost and Competitors fees.
Funds:1- Sources of Funds
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Public or Governmental hospitals are financed by government fund and grants, which is
financed by income tax and custom duties.
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Trust or charity hospitals or health facilities depends on the benevolent and charitable
people of the society or community, they mainly deliver free of charge services.
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Privately owned hospitals or health facilities are proprietary in nature or partnership types
which are mostly managed by medical professionals.
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Corporate hospitals and health facilities invite the civil people to invest and share.
Whether it Private, corporate, or governmental hospitals or health facilities they are facing the
same problem of limited/restricted financial resources.
2- Fund Raising.

a- Fees Charged:-It is necessary that independence should be given to the governmental


hospitals or health facilities and they should be confident to enhance the financial resources, it is
not fair that all services should be rendered free. Special Allowance/Concession should be given
to some of the departments, to whom the patients are more going, specially those patients who
can not support the fee or charges.
b- Institutional Contracts: - One of the good ways for the enhancement of income is to contract
with other organizations for providing medical services to their employees or staff. It is
necessary for the hospital to have a special budget for their employees, so the employees can get
benefits from this budget in order to take free and subsided treatment.
c- Donations/Contributions: - The type of donation to the charitable hospitals is to make
concession in taxation with donors. Fund raising through charity is a special occasion or case.
How to Launch a Fund raising Campaign, to do this we have different techniques and
methods:o
Face to face Solicitation: - It means that we have conduct face to face meeting with
prospective or tentative donor or philanthropic personalities of the community.
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Direct Mail: - Describing and briefing the subject through leaflets, broacher and pamphlets
by mail.
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Legacies and Bequests: - Encouraging donor or stakeholders to run off legacies.
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Special Events/ Procedures: - Organizing special meetings, events to invite the donors and
philanthropic people of the community to donate and by this way to raise the fund.
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Pay-roll deductions: - It is a kind of in-house fund raising method, in this method some
amount of money is deducting directly from the salaries of the middle and upper rank officers.
Therefore; the above mentioned methods are the good way to raise the fund, so we have to adopt
and choose one of them for our health organization to raise our fund in order to render good
quality of medical services. And by this way we can offer good services to the needy patients
who cant afford high medical charges, and eventually we will have a healthy community.
Investing funds:The funds which is not been utilized yet should be invested and the interest earned should be
utilized or used for hospital operation, so in this way we will move swiftly to render good
medical services.
Loans:This is also a good method for fund raising, to take some amount of loan from bank in order to
run the daily operation of the hospital or nursing home, but the hospital should return the interest
and benefits to the bank on time. So by this way we can render a good quality of medical
services.

Computerization:Computerization of the financial record is very crucial because we can sort, track and compile all
the financial matter in a due time with more feasibility and easy way. And this is easy way of
financial reporting. The computer software is available in the market, we can buy this software
with ease, so we have use computer in the hospital to track and compile the financial records,
calculation of balance sheets and budget.
Finance Personnel.
Large hospital must have a finance manager to control and audit all the financial issues, and it
will help the hospital in financial management.
While in Small hospital the Administrator can run the finance section also or they must be
trained in finance. Generally the hospital must have a chartered professional accountant. So by
this way all the financial issue will run smoothly.
Human Resource Management system in hospitals:Definition of Human Resource Management:HRM is the business of people and also HRM refers to activities by which an organization
recruits, selects, trains, develops, motivates, evaluates, compensates, and rewards people fairly
The Human Resources Management (HRM) function includes a variety of activities, and key
among them is deciding what staffing needs you have and whether to use independent
contractors or hire employees to fill these needs, recruiting and training the best employees,
ensuring they are high performers, dealing with performance issues, and ensuring your personnel
and management practices conform to various regulations. Activities also include managing your
approach to employee benefits and compensation, employee records and personnel policies.
Usually small businesses (for-profit or nonprofit) have to carry out these activities themselves
because they can't yet afford part- or full-time help. However, they should always ensure that
employees have -- and are aware of -- personnel policies which conform to current regulations.
These policies are often in the form of employee manuals, which all employees have.
The goal of the management of human resources function is to identify and provide the right
number of competent staff to meet the needs of patients served by the hospital
A Growing Profession:As it is obvious to us that the current century as an era of development and knowledge, the
knowledge is expanding through the world by the emerging of new decade, new technologies

and new inventions and new observations and even new experiments keep emerging, at the
meantime many new proficient fields and specialization have also emerged.
As compare to social sciences the rapid growth is more in physical such as medical sciences is
increased, because the financial and technological resources are more assigned in this field.
Labour Management/Unionization:Labour Management is one of the most important and even a crucial part of Personnel
Management. Since the emergence of unionization the management has faced with many
challenges and obstacles. Some times these unions are creating many problems and headache in
the hospitals, and we hope that they have contribute in a positive side such as trade unions and so
far.
The constructive and destructive role of unions depends on some factors, such as past
management practices and leadership style, many union are emerging like a virulent and
infectious disease who are not following the healthy personnel policies.
External political and trade unions giving birth to such disruptive and virulent unions, which can
only infect the people in the external environment, in addition they can help their members in the
workplace, most unions and central Labour bodies are also active in their communities, helping
to make conditions better for working people and their families, both union and non-union.
Unions individually and collectively pressure the government on issues that impact working
people such as minimum wage, hours of work, health and safety regulations and other
employment standards.
Unions have been at the forefront of struggles to preserve and protect health care, education and
other important public services. Unions fight budget cuts and laws that help big business while
eroding the quality of life in our communities. Unions support people in need by lobbying
government on Employment Insurance, public pension plans, and welfare to ensure that all
people have a safety net underneath them. Unions have been a key player in educating the public
about the negative impacts of globalization.
On the other side union members enjoy better wages, better benefits and increased job security.
But the biggest benefit is the strength that comes from solidarity. Unlike non-union workers,
unionized workers are not alone when they have grievances.
Functions of Human Resource Management:Human resource planning
Training and Development
Employee Communication
Staffing (recruitment and selection)

Compensation and benefits


Job design and Organization design
Employee/Labour industrial relations.
Performance Appraisal
Employees training and development:Training and Development provides employees with background information about an employer.
It can also teach you a new skill and can provide you with overall knowledge that can help you
better perform your job.
There are many different kinds of training. You can start by handing out a packet of information
that people can use as a handbook about the organization. If you are trying to teach a skill, a
video or some type of visual aid can be very beneficial. Seminars comprise another form of
training. These can be used to teach any size group and are very helpful in providing a vast
amount of information in a short period of time. Other types of training can involve on-the-job
observation in which you watch what others are doing and learn while they work.
With all these different types of training, people can choose the best training for their
organization. Since it is important to provide clear, accurate and up to date training, it is also
important to revamp your training styles every couple of years. This will make it so your
employees enjoy the training they are going through and that they are learning information that
will be beneficial not only to themselves but also to the employer.
Benefits of Training and development:1. Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees
2. Increased employee motivation
3. Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain
4. Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
5. Increased innovation in strategies and products
Updating Medical Knowledge:It is so necessary to keep the medical staff updated and trained in order to fit them for the
emergence of new technology in the medical field, Participation in medical seminars, workshops,
and joining medical communities and reading the medical books, journals and literature is
essential but it is not enough. There is also advance in training technology such as the software
and hardwares (videos, projectors, and other instruments).
Hospitals and other health facilities require professional and expert training manager and
instructors on their staff, and it is so hard that these organizations have trained and skilled
expertise.

Manpower Palnning:Personnel management is productive exploitation of manpower resources. This is also termed as
Manpower Management. Manpower Management is choosing the proper type of people as and
when required. It also takes into account the upgrading in existing people. Manpower
Management starts with manpower planning. Every manager in an organization is a personnel
man, dealing with people
Advantages of manpower planning:
Manpower planning ensures optimum use of available human resources.
1. It is useful both for medical organization and for others.
2. It generates facilities to educate people in the organization.
3. It brings about fast economic developments.
4. It boosts the geographical mobility of labor.
5. It provides smooth working even after expansion of the organization.
6. It opens possibility for workers for future promotions, thus providing incentive.
7. It creates healthy atmosphere of encouragement and motivation in the
organization.
8. Training becomes effective.
9. It provides help for career development of the employees
Recruitment and selection:Recruitment and selection is the important stage in HRM, actually the selection processes, if use
it inappropriately, may have the potential to discriminate against certain groups. Equally
subjective judgments based on stereotypes, appearance, can disadvantage the applicant.
The entire selection process must therefore be based on criteria related to the requirements of the
job, the necessary competencies to perform the job and the potential for development such as
intelligence, qualification, aptitude. The panel therefore needs to be clear on the necessary
competencies for the job and how to identify them.
Interviewers need training, because every administrator or a medical doctor can not be a good
interviewer. As we know in many private institutions the recruitment is done by referral basis,
while in governmental institutions the routine advertisements of the posts, screening of
documents, and then interviewing. So these all need an overhaul, and to introduce scientific
methods for the selection and recruitment in order to avoid nepotism and referral system.
Job and Organization design:-

As it is clear from the definition of Job design, that job design is the specification of the contents,
method and relationships of the jobs to satisfy technological and organizational requirements as
well as the personal needs of the job holder.
So the evidence that we have from social sciences and behavioral sciences such as sociology,
psychology, they have been incorporated and applied in the management of organizations, so
these all have a focus on the analysis of the jobs, roles and regulations, design and development
of the organizations.
Like other organizations and institutions, hospital and health facilities also have the same
structure
and roles; sometimes they are not able to achieve their targeted goals and objectives.
So hospitals need clear job description and image, proper declaration of personnel policies and
procedures, organizational charts and so on as much the other organizations have.
Employee Communication:Effective communication have much more effect on the human and organizational health,
because if we have a proper channel and code of communication, so it is not easy that we have
face any problems, the problems and obstacle is preventing by the virtue of effective
communication, effective communication is the blood of any organization.
When there is a strike or the spread of infectious disease so in that time the effective
communication can play a significant role to control all the matters. So newsletters, pamphlets,
leaflets, slide presentations, and cassettes are so essential for employee communication.
Cut Practice in medical field, so how it can be discouraged and curtailed:
As it is obvious to every doctor that, all doctors qualified to practice modern medicine take the
classical Hippocratic Oath before beginning their professional career, The idealistic values
learned during the period of training get shaken up when the doctor steps out from a world of
practice of medicine to one of medical practice. Here he sees practical adjustments that he is
required to make in his clinical and therapeutic decisions and encounters open offers of referral
of patients for a predetermined and regularized practice of fee- sharing (cut practice) Which is
unethical practice.
Cut practice (Malpractice) occurs in many forms:
Giving a share of fees to the referring doctor.
Referring patients for unnecessary consultations or tests to ensure a kickback from the
consultant or laboratory.
Giving expensive gifts periodically to the referring doctor.
Appointing junior specialists to a super specialty hospital so that procedural work is
always
referred by them to you.

Unnecessary admissions in nursing homes/hospitals.


Sponsoring of a conference or payment of travel expenses by a company in return for the
use of its equipment or prescription of its drugs.

The basic problem is that, that the patients are neither aware of their rights in getting neither
information nor do they take any action against the doctors if they know that the doctors are mal
practicing.
Basis for charging fees:Every doctor determines his/her professional fees on the basis of experience, wisdom and selfperception of the level of skills required for a particular treatment. Fees thus vary widely from
doctor to doctor. Hence a particular amount cannot be termed unreasonable as long as the
patient is aware of the sum to be paid before the service is rendered. What the treating doctor
does with the fee after it is received by him is entirely and solely his concern and the patient or
any other person has no say in it. Hence if a doctor decides to give a portion of his fees to
another person (medical or non-medical) it is entirely legal and ethical to do so provide this is
done openly and after obtaining a receipt.
Various specialized procedures - such as endoscopy, angiography, angioplasty - form lucrative
sources of income and are therefore frequently advised even when the stated indications are not
scientifically valid. (At times it is difficult for a doctor to say that the procedure advised by
another was not required because on most such issues, opinions published in the medical
literature support
School Health Services should cover the following steps:- Regular checkups of the students.
- Education of the children in preventive health and care.
- Encouragement of the children to know about the symptoms and signs of the local disease in
order to alert to early symptoms of health problems.
- And the most important, the doctor should follow-up the disease of the children with
their parents.
Causes of Overcrowding in Hospitals and its Management:What are the primary causes of hospital overcrowding?
The primary cause is a mismatch between the supply of beds, poor flow of patients through beds,
and demand. As demand increases and the bed supply shrinks, flow through hospitals becomes
impaired.
The most important driver has been the increasing age of patients coming into hospitals. As
patients get older, they tend to consume more resources for the same kind of medical conditions.
For example, if someone comes in to have their knee replaced at 50 years old, and he is

otherwise well, he'll have a short, uneventful medical stay. At 75, with chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, length of stay is likely to be longer and there's more risk of complications. In
the past 20 years, expectations have changed. We tend to be more invasive in our approach to
older patients. And that typically drives up costs.
We can shortly discuss the main causes of overcrowding, and basically it is divided in to
parts.
IPD/Ward:o
The admission of those patients who needs its treatment in OPD.
o
Some of the patients escaping from work, so they are insisting on unnecessary admission.
o
Delay in the treatment of the patient due to insufficient resources of the hospitals.
o
Delay in discharging of patients.
o
Unnecessary or unscheduled absence of doctors or other medical services.
OPD (Out-Patient Department):o
Hospital Management should always be in strives to facilitate the patients in putting proper
direction signs in corridors or lawns.
o
Irregularities in the attendance of doctors/nurses and other medical staff.
o
Absence and poor functioning of inquiry services.
o
Rhythmic visiting of patients, who have already been visited by the same ward doctors.
Suggestion for overcoming the overcrowding problem:What should be done?
There are two broad strategies for managing access block resulting from hospital
Overcrowding reducing hospital demand and optimizing hospital bed capacity.
1-Reduce hospital demand
o
Diversion/substitution: The major focus of this strategy has been to divert patients to
community services and provide more services in the community that traditionally occur in
hospital (e.g. hospital outreach programs, hospital in the home, and improved after-hours general
practice services).
o
Reducing expectations: Reducing community expectations of what a public hospital
system
can provide. Access block cannot be controlled without some limits being placed on
the provision of services. Demand for health care is elastic and potentially unlimited, especially
in an essentially free health care system. There must be public debate about what is essential
versus what is desirable, and how much the community is willing to pay.
o
Prevention: There is potential to reduce demand by disease prevention strategies, and
improved management of patients with chronic ill health.
2-Optimize hospital bed capacity
o
Balancing elective and emergency workload: Contrary to popular opinion, the emergency
workload is highly predictable across metropolitan areas. Elective treatment must be tailored
to match the capacity allowed by predicted emergency work.

o
Better discharge: Moving patients quickly from acute hospitals to more appropriate
facilities increases hospital bed availability. Access to rehabilitation, residential aged care and
community outreach programs is an essential component of an efficient and well managed health
system. Addressing physical, social and psychological issues through care coordination in the
emergency department and after hospital discharge can also help reduce hospital length of stay
and readmission.
o
Increased bed numbers: It is important to note that access block does not correlate well
with the absolute number of hospital beds. Increasing the number of hospital beds temporarily
alleviates access block, but does not solve the problem the beds quickly fill and the problem
recurs. Nevertheless, governments must fund an adequate number of beds to provide the health
care that the community demands.
Doctor Patient Contact:The contact or relationship between the doctor and patient should so transparent, and this
relationship and contact is so important in order to satisfy the patient. And he will satisfy from
the relation and behave of the doctors because the patients are waiting for hours, and even the
patients are waiting for doctors appointments for weeks, and when they visit the doctor, so the
doctor just see them for a minute, so this will disappoint the patient, so in this case the doctor has
no fault because he is overcrowded by patients and he has no enough time to give to all patient.
Points for the satisfaction of patient
o
Enough time should be given to the patient to define his illness and doctor should take the
full history from the patient.
o
The doctor should give full information regarding the patients illness or disease.
o
The patient is willing to know about his/her problem so the doctor should strive to give
necessary information regarding his illness.
o
The doctor should give general information in a text form in a local language, so the
patient can get more information about his disease
References:
i.
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8390
ii.
en.wikipe ia.org/wiki/Hospital
iii.
www.ias.ac.in/currsci/nov102008/1118.pd f
Books:
Health Management Information Systems by Jack Smith
Essentials of Health Care Finance by William O. Cleverley
Understanding Health Policy by Thomas S. Bodenheimer and Kevin Grumbach
Hospital and Health Care Administration: Appraisal and Referral Treatise. by Gupta
Hospital Administration: Francis Cm, Mario C De Souza

Article prepared by: Dr. Mohammad Bashaar MD, MBA