Clinical Information Systems

Organize patient and population data to facilitate efficient and effective care
  • Provide timely reminders for providers and patients
  • Identify relevant subpopulations for proactive care
  • Facilitate individual patient care planning
  • Share information with patients and providers to coordinate care (2003 update)
  • Monitor performance of practice team and care system
Effective chronic illness care is virtually impossible without information systems that assure ready access to key data on individual patients as well as populations of patients. 11, 12 A comprehensive clinical information system can enhance the care of individual patients by providing timely reminders for needed services, with the summarized data helping to track and plan care. At the practice population level, an information system can identify groups of patients needing additional care as well as facilitate performance monitoring and quality improvement efforts.