Usemed, Arild Faxvaags weblog on healthcare computing

July 27, 2009

More on Clinical Departmental systems vs. the EPR

Filed under: Uncategorized — arildf @ 4:18 am

Just to announce a new publication in BMC Medical Informatics and decision-making: Beyond the EPR: Complementary roles of the hospital-wide electronic health record and clinical departmental systems (link). Clinical departmental systems (CDSs) are small EPR like systems that typically are tailored to the clinical needs of one or a few clinical departments. In many hospitals, the management believe that such systems will become superfluous when an institution-wide Electronic patient record (EPR) system is in place. In this project, we explored the many uses of Clinical departmental systems as well as of clinical data resulting from their use. A key to the value of CDSs lies in that they support the generation, storage and re-use of structured clinical data. With such functionality, such systems were superior to the state-of the-art hospital-wide EPR system w.r.t. supporting clinical tasks as well as quality control and research activities at the departments.

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