Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 54–64

The Role of Clinical Information Technology in Depression Care Management

  • Amy M. Kilbourne
  • Gretchen Flanders McGinnis
  • Bea Herbeck Belnap
  • Michael Klinkman
  • Marshall Thomas

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-005-4236-0

Cite this article as:
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


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.

Key words

chronic diseasesdepressioninformation systemsmajor depressive disorderquality improvement

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy M. Kilbourne
    • 1
    • 6
  • Gretchen Flanders McGinnis
    • 2
  • Bea Herbeck Belnap
    • 3
  • Michael Klinkman
    • 4
  • Marshall Thomas
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, School of MedicineVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Colorado AccessDenverUSA
  3. 3.Center for Research on Health Care, School of Medicine, University of PittsburgPittsburgUSA
  4. 4.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Michigan Ann ArborUSA
  5. 5.Colorado Access, Denver, CO and also Associate ProfessorUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences System DenverUSA
  6. 6. VA Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (151-C)PittsburghUSA