CIMS Approach to Implementing Clinical Systems

CIMS advocates the gradual implementation of clinical systems rather than a ‘big-bang’ approach. All implementations support the requirements of the national agenda as well as meeting local needs. Splitting large projects into smaller discrete components allows better control of risk and financial management of the overall project.

Moving from single PCs to Departments and finally to Trust-wide, in an incremental process, allows large and complex systems to be developed from the bottom-up rather than top-down. Information requirements can be reassessed and systems modified throughout the process. With this approach, users can more easily monitor project progress and control resources.

Projects are defined in this way in order to:

  • manage costs and reduce financial risks
  • avoid the risks associated with big-bang implementations
  • implement according to the Trust’s time scales and available funds
  • allow reassessment of requirements at the start of each stage

In our experience, the foundations of a successful clinical information system are:

  • those collecting or entering the data must benefit directly or indirectly
  • data capture must become part of the patient management process
  • data collection must not be seen as a hindrance to the patient management process
  • the data collection processes and resources must be clearly identified

CIMS consultants train Trust Staff as core trainers and system managers in order to fully hand over control of the system to the Trusts.

Consultancy is also provided for the modelling of the clinical and management processes ensuring that the solution provides the required benefits to the Trusts.

CIMS approach allows the Trusts to be fully involved in all the stages of the implementation of the system allowing them to take full ownership of the solution.