NIH is ready to build a clinical info system

NIH is ready to build a clinical info system

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a six-year, $32 million contract to Computer Sciences Corp. to develop the Clinical Research Information System.

Through the CRIS project, NIH plans to build a network that will support both clinical patient care and research at NIH facilities.

'The capabilities of information systems and the expectations of those who use them, especially in clinical research, have grown enormously,' said Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld, CRIS project manager. 'Its clinical research facets will make CRIS unique among hospital information systems.'

CSC will be the systems integrator for CRIS, which ultimately will link a collection of interrelated systems, NIH officials said.

'CRIS will serve as the nerve center of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, now under construction at NIH, and will be an innovative resource for clinical researchers who translate laboratory discoveries into better health care,' said Dr. John I. Gallin, director of the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center and NIH associate director for clinical research.

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