Definition:  A clinical care system is a software system designed to support role-based clinical processes at the point of delivery while maintaining a legal record of the patient’s data as well as clinical actions and interventions.  Clinical care systems must be able to adapt to end-user needs (for example, by offering user-configurable workflows and user interfaces).  Collaboration between clinical teams or individuals must be easy to initiate and manage.   Cross-cutting issues (e.g., security, interoperability, performance, etc.) should be optimized for clinical environments.   Properly designed clinical care systems promote and assure safe, effective care.

(See Is the Electronic Health Record Defunct? for more on this topic)