The Role of Clinical Information Technology in Depression Care Management
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- Kilbourne, A.M., McGinnis, G.F., Belnap, B.H. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2006) 33: 54. doi:10.1007/s10488-005-4236-0
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We examine the literature on the growing application of clinical information technology in managing depression care and highlight lessons learned from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program “Depression in Primary Care-Incentives Demonstrations.” Several program sites are implementing depression care registries. Key issues discussed about implementing registries include using a simple yet functional format, designing registries to track multiple conditions versus depression alone (i.e., patient-centric versus disease-centric registries) and avoiding violations of patient privacy with the advent of more advanced information technologies (e.g., web-based formats). Finally, we discuss some implications of clinical information technology for healthcare practices and policy makers.