Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Clinical Event

  • Dan RusslerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_60


Vernacular Definition

  1. 1.

    In event planning circles, a “clinical event” is an event, e.g., meeting or party, attended by clinicians as opposed to administrative or financial personnel.


Technical Definitions

  1. 1.

    A state transition, normally a “create” or “update” state transition, targeting a record in an electronic medical record system or one of the systems associated with an electronic medical record system.

  2. 2.

    A report generated within a clinical trial that is subsequently evaluated for the presence of an adverse event by a clinical trial Clinical Event Committee.


Words often confused by use of the term “Clinical Event” include: Clinical Event (multiple definitions); Adverse Event; Clinical Act; Patient Event, Information Event.

The primary technical definition of “clinical event” includes the kind of “events” that are monitored by a “clinical event monitor” [1, 2, 3] used in synchronous or asynchronous decision support functions. Examples of these events include...

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    Glaser J, et al. Impact of information events on medical care. In: Proceedings of the 1996 HIMSS Annual Conference; 1996.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Hripisak G et al. Design of a clinical event monitor. Comput Biomed Res. 1996;29(3):194–221.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    McDonald C. Action-oriented decisions in ambulatory medicine. Chicago: Yearbook Medical Publishers; 1981.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oracle Health SciencesRedwood ShoresUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Tech Research InstituteAtlantaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vipul Kashyap
    • 1
  1. 1.Director, Clinical ProgramsCIGNA HealthcareBloomfieldUSA