Roy: Time management in Health record (Leadership view — Personality empowerment)

Time is the most valuable commodity.

Time management is a Self-Management — Self Discipline. If you want to manage your time better you must learn manage yourself.

Time Management Characters in Health Records

  1. Sense of purpose

  2. Listening

  3. Facilitative

  4. Competent

  5. Confident

Time Strategy

  1. Planning

  2. Evaluation

  3. Delegation

Every Medical Record Department should have a satisfactory system to obtain the Medical Records of all discharged patients, preferably with in 24 hours of discharge. Some one should check the discharge list and see if all the records have been delivered to the Department. Any “Missing Record” should be traced as early as possible.

“Maintain Incoming register”

Discharge summary to be attached in the out patient Health Record. This is a mandatory. Time to be saved and patients to be benefitted.

People Forget, Record Remember

File The Medical Record

The file records have to be retrieved promptly on request and avoid misfiling.

“If you fail to plan you plan to fail”


Involves forming an objective and describing goals and methods to achieve it. It is the preparation involved so as to do the right thing, in the right way, place, time and result.

Benefits of Planning

  1. To save the time

  2. To avoid confusion

  3. To control events

  4. To make use of most of the resources

How to Plan

  1. Set our objectives

  2. Set our clear goals

  3. List of effective methods

  4. Write our plans clearly

  5. Follow our plans

Make a Schedule

Make a priority list

Daily priority list

  1. List all things to be done what way

  2. Rearrange in order of priority

  3. Do them in that order


Periodic Evaluation of ourselves as Medical Record Personnel is helpful for developing right goals.

  • To be come what we should be

  • And achieve what we should do

Evaluation will reveal how effective our planning is where adjustment has to be made.

Time Resources in Health Record

  1. Regarding Quality

  2. Regarding Quantity


Giving assignment

  • State end result — first

  • Explain the task clearly

  • Write it down

Give Authority

  • Let the person know his responsibility and scope of authority

Give Accountability

  • Give time, financial, resource limitations

  • Person must know who he’s responsible

  • Follow through at end

  • Know your people and delegate to the right person

Delegate with Love

  • Remember please thank you

  • Delegate to develop

  • Delegate without anger, bitterness and partiality

When the Delegate

  • When you are over worked

  • When people received challenging and developing

Hindrance of Delegation

  1. The desire of the power

  2. Emotional insecurity

  3. Inability to accept our own limitations

  4. Tradition — we always did this way

  5. Lack of confidence others

  6. Afraid of risk of mistakes

  7. Pride — “no one can do the job as well I can”

Time — Leading

Leading a meeting, conducting a meeting with confidence, being able to stick to agenda and time frames, ability to remain focused, ability to bring discussions to logical conclusion are all extremely difficult and call for specialized skills. Some guidelines in conducting and leading a meeting are:

  1. State the purpose of the meeting

  2. Distribute an agenda and any pertinent information

  3. Create an environment that encourages communication by reducing distractions

  4. For maximum interaction among participants, a circular table works best

  5. Make sure that the room is clean and the temperature is appropriate

  6. When the meeting begins (and it must begin on time), introduce new participants, state the purpose, and refer to the agenda.

  7. Adhere to a preconceived time line

  8. Keep the discussion going by asking questions, paraphrasing unclear comments

  9. Pass information that some participants may not have

  10. Order for refreshments, find out what is usually served and order those items

  11. It is also the leader's responsibility to bring participants who digress back to the topic under consideration.

  12. Be able to handle any conflicts and be ready to step in and resolve any misunderstandings.

  13. At the end of a meeting, leader should summarize the group's major decisions or plans, review the assignment of tasks.

  14. Be appreciative of the time and energy expended by each member

  15. After the meeting, a leader should ensure that minutes are prepared and distributed as soon as possible.

  16. That participants are completing their agreed upon tasks


Periodic systematic evaluation is absolutely essential to effective management. As a good manager one must provide the department with resources and tools it requires. The department administrator must involve supervisory people and the entire staff in the quality assurance effort. We are evaluating ourselves, what are our problems, how can we improve our perspectives etc. The side benefits of improved morale, greater team work and higher level of trust are also very worthwhile.

“It is not the days of your life, but the life in your days that counts”

“How long you live is not the question


How you live your days is important”

Thanking you,


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Received : 14-09-2021

Accepted : 25-09-2021

Available online : 16-10-2021

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