Healthcare Facilities Data System
History of HFDS Database
In the mid 1990's the Indian Health Service, like most organizations, created and maintained large paper based reporting
and data management systems. Today's information management systems make instantaneous access to one central
database possible from any geographical location and from within any level of an organization. In the mid 1990's a
request for a change to the Real Property Inventory or the Facilities Engineering Deficiency database may have taken six
months to formally complete.
Today, that same action may take only minutes to accomplish. Access to current
information, the ability to edit existing data, and the ability to utilize this real-time data to improve the programs and
increase the overall level of services is why the Facilities Database is necessary.
Reasons this Database was created
- To account for Government and Tribal Real Property Assets within the Indian Health Service.
- To Manage M&I/E (Maintenance & Improvement and Equipment) fund allocations.
- To manage the backlog of deficiencies (FEDS).
- To manage Projects.
- To track Energy Usage.
- To report to Congress and other outside Agencies.
- To justify level of funds or requests for increases.