The Brigham integrated computing system (BICS): advanced clinical systems in an academic hospital environment

Int J Med Inform. 1999 Jun;54(3):197-208. doi: 10.1016/s1386-5056(99)00007-6.


The Brigham integrated computing system (BICS) provides nearly all clinical, administrative, and financial computing services to Brigham and Women's Hospital, an academic tertiary-care hospital in Boston. The BICS clinical information system includes a very wide range of data and applications, including results review, longitudinal medical records, provider order entry, critical pathway management, operating-room dynamic scheduling, critical-event detection and altering, dynamic coverage lists, automated inpatient summaries, and an online reference library. BICS design emphasizes direct physician interaction and extensive clinical decision support. Impact studies have demonstrated significant value of the system in preventing adverse events and in saving costs, particularly for medications.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Security
  • Computer Systems
  • Confidentiality
  • Decision Making, Computer-Assisted
  • Forecasting
  • Hospital Information Systems*
  • Hospitals, Teaching*
  • Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems*
  • Massachusetts
  • Medical Informatics Applications
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Point-of-Care Systems