As design and build of the AHS Provincial Clinical Information System (CIS) starts, we are reminded that we are NOT building a digital health record. Rather, we are growing a system that supports coordinated care, best practice and clinical improvement. The magic sauce… helping users made good decisions.
Digitizing health information, and delivering it to clinical decision-makers, does not necessarily improve health care. Informed choice is facilitated when information about health is connected with information about how to improve health. Accordingly, "meaningful use" of the CIS is more likely when connections between observations and knowledge serve better processes, outcomes and satisfaction for patients, providers and policy-makers. This is what Clinical Decision Support (CDS) is about.