is a response to the "knowledge crisis" in medical care.
High quality care is not consistently available, even in wealthy countries. It is increasingly difficult to achieve for many reasons: rising demand, the escalating cost of treatments and services, pressure on resources - and also, the knowledge crisis.
The growth in our understanding of diseases and their management is unprecedented, but is not matched by an equivalent ability to apply that knowledge. It is now humanly impossible for unaided healthcare professionals to possess all the knowledge needed to deliver medical care with the efficacy and safety potentially made possible by current scientific knowledge.
One solution to the knowledge crisis is the adoption of rigorous methods and new information technologies
for knowledge management. OpenClinical
has been created to promote innovative, computer-based knowledge management technologies and to demonstrate their potential benefit to clinical care.