Information flow for patient care: "Bria, who is president of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, views information flow as a triangle. From the patient visit at the top of the triangle, results and orders enter into the continuum of care for a single patient. An integrated electronic health record connects the individual's continuum with the continuum of care for all similar patients, which, in turn, creates clinical decision support to inform clinicians for the patient visit.
He calls the continuum for patients with like conditions 'the big deal,' because it facilitates medical and financial benchmarking, allowing for a better assessment of which interventions work for a particular condition and which do not. 'Ultimately, the decision support is the data of the environment,' Bria says."