Clinical Informatics

The Challenge of Knowledge Management at the Point of Care


  1. Introduction, Definitions and The Intricacies of knowledge Management at the Point of Care.

  2. The interplay between knowledge management, health informatics and evidence based medicine .

  3. The cost and benefits to the organisations and individuals involved.

  4. Conclusions

  5. References


The practise of medicine is a knowledge intensive task and is in need of an integrated knowledge management tool at the point of care in order to encourage and facilitate EBM. Current technology is maturing and converging, and makes the delivery of this a distinct possibility in the not too distant future.

The use of portable computers and personal digital assistants, wireless networking, tertiary sources of research evidence and the development of intelligent search agents would be the keys to achieving this.

It is not clear at present whether the "explosion of information" would lead to an " information feast" or "information famine", but we have to hope that advances in search engine technology, which not only searches but filters intelligently as well, would help us avoid the later.

In 1996, Richard Smith wrote in British Medical Journal of the future…

"The best information sources provide relevant, valid material that can be access quickly and with minimal effort. New information tools are needed: they are likely to be electronic, portable, fast, easy to use, connected to both a large valid database of medical knowledge and the patient record, and a servant of patients as well as doctors".

Part of that future is already here…

[The literature review for this article was conducted in 2005]


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