Determining the Strategic Direction

  • Nancy M. Lorenzi
  • Robert T. Riley
Part of the Health Informatics Series book series (HI)


Whether in patient care, research, administration, or education, the applications of all types of technologies are exploding in today’s healthcare arena. In patient care, technology is used to admit patients to the hospital, order their tests, perform their tests (e.g., in radiology and laboratory procedures), disseminate the test results, maintain their medical records, provide feedback to the referring physician, follow-up on patients in ambulatory sites, etc. Technology today can suggest treatment modalities in medicine and surgery, thus supporting the quality of medical care. Technology is increasingly integrating the patient into the healthcare decision process. Using technology, patients can explore both the available treatment options and the potential outcomes to help them make more informed treatment choices. In essence, the infrastructure of the modern healthcare world has shifted from bricks and mortar to technology.


Database Model Detailed Plan Chief Information Officer Information Area Information Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy M. Lorenzi
    • 1
  • Robert T. Riley
  1. 1.Informatics Center, Eskind Biomedical LibraryVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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