Clinical Practice Applications: Community Based

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
  • Marion J. Ball
  • Margaret J.A. Edwards
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Community-based care is the fastest growing segment of healthcare. Health reform in all parts of the world has meant a decrease in the number of hospital beds and an increase in home care. Community-based health promotion and illness prevention programs are also increasing. Surveillance programs must also be maintained. Informatics are playing an integral role in facilitating community-based care. Many community-based organizations have information systems that mirror those of hospital facilities. Systems are typically used for tracking, scheduling, billing, and human resources functions. Because of health reform reorganization, many community-based care providers and organizations are now incorporated into regional health systems. Often the information systems are also combined.


Continue Medical Education Telephone Triage Telehealth System Telematics Application Health Information Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marion J. Ball
    • 3
    • 4
  • Margaret J.A. Edwards
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.President, Hannah Educational & Consulting Services, Inc.CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Professor, Department of Community Health Science Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Vice President, Clinical Informatics StrategiesHealthlink, an IBM companyBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of NursingBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Programs Centre for Nursing and Health StudiesAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada
  6. 6.President, Margaret J.A. Edwards & Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

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