The iCIMS framework is built around the principles of the design of forms, the sharing of data automatically across forms, and the definition of workflow for staff that is optimised according to the practices of the workplace. As staff develop new work practices and have new work requirements placed on them, the intrinsic adaptability of the iCIMS framework ensure staff can experiment with different configurations of work processes to optimise the introduction of the new work methods because changes are made quickly and easily in near real-time.

Clinicians are not always good at saying what they do want, but they know what they don’t want when they see it.

iCIMS doesn’t assume clinicians are experts in user interface and workflow design. We understand that clinicians often don’t know what they want in a Clinical Information System (CIS) until they see something they don’t want, so our core processes allow for successive development and revision of designs on an ongoing basis.

Our Clinical Analysts collect requirements from the clinical team in the form of existing computer screens and forms and their surrounding workflow, and mould them to a system based on interviews with team members covering all staff roles in team. They create a reproduction of the existing system plus any changes already defined in the gathered clinical requirements. This reproduction is then brought back to team members and tested against the actual workflow of the team. Weaknesses in the design are identified and the forms, data flows and workflows are corrected to match the new requirements. The iterative process of design, test and revise becomes the basis for the ongoing relationship between iCIMS and the clinical teams.

iCIMS Principles

The iCIMS methodology for building clinical information systems is set on these principles:

  • The clinical team who has to use the clinical information system should create its design.
  • It is always possible to change the design easily and readily.
  • NO programming has to be done to create any changes to the design.
  • Different clinical teams can design their own system and see each other’s data directly.
  • NO knowledge of the storage tables is needed by the clinical team to do analysis of their data.
  • All data or any subsets of data can be exported for use in other applications with a button press.