Clinical Information Systems in the ICU
The term computerized information system or CIS as applied in a medical context is still a nebulous one. Currently, this term is used to describe a diverse array of computer-based hardware and software systems that aid in the care of patients. Generally these systems are able to record patient data, either directly or indirectly. Some systems are able to store and use the information in various ways to foster improved patient care. A CIS can be used solely for data retrieval and presentation such as an electronic medical record or they can incorporate more advanced applications such as decision analysis, management protocols, and databases that can be queried. CISs have already been used successfully in a variety of medical fields such as outpatient primary care medicine and they are now starting to be used commonly in the intensive care unit (ICU) as well.
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