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When Informationists Get Involved: The CHICA-GIS Project

  • Elizabeth C Whipple (Indiana University School of Medicine)
  • Jere D Odell (Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis)
  • Rick K Ralston (Indiana University School of Medicine)
  • Gilbert C Liu (Indiana University School of Medicine)


Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA) is a computer decision support system (CDSS) that interfaces with existing electronic medical record systems (EMRS) and delivers "just in time" patient-relevant guidelines to physicians during the clinical encounter and accurately captures structured data from all who interact with the system. “Delivering Geospatial Intelligence to Health Care Professionals (CHICA-GIS)” (1R01LM010923-01) expands the medical application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by integrating a geographic information system with CHICA. To provide knowledge management support for CHICA-GIS, three informationists at the Indiana University School of Medicine were awarded a supplement from the National Library Medicine. The informationists will enhance CHICA-GIS by: improving the accuracy and accessibility of information, managing and mapping the knowledge which undergirds the CHICA-GIS decision support tool, supporting community engagement and consumer health information outreach, and facilitating the dissemination of new CHICA-GIS research results and services.

How to Cite:

Whipple, E. C., Odell, J. D., Ralston, R. K. & Liu, G. C., (2013) “When Informationists Get Involved: The CHICA-GIS Project”, Journal of eScience Librarianship 2(1): 10. doi:

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Published on
02 May 2013