Database in Healthcare{3}


by Han C
This article talks about how database systems can be used in the healthcare industry. It describes the uses of database along with the use of smart cards to manage and share information pertaining to patients, doctors, hospitals, and laboratory tests. The article makes topological suggestions on how hospitals can have a shared database even while still protecting clients and users. Hereby, allowing patient information to be accessible regardless of what healthcare provider a patient wishes to see. The first step is for hospital servers to be properly configured for allowing patients and staff access. Each hospital server will then connect to one centralized server by internet. This is where the suggested database system will permit information to be shared with other healthcare institutions.

This article is interesting to me because I have been following the growth of healthcare informatics for some time. With friends and family working for several different healthcare institutions, I am curious as to how database technology could be useful in healthcare. Especially concerning the sharing of patient information, such as x-ray’s, photographs, and other types of biometrics related data, between different healthcare providers. With each provider choosing to use its own proprietary set of applications, the big question is how can they share patient information with another hospital using a completely different set of systems? From a business standpoint, even though there have been many different topological suggestions, I still believe that there are still great leaps to be made in this area and that it could potentially lead to a bright future for database programmers.

Reference: Kohli, N., Verma, N. (2010). Performance Issues of Hospital System using MySQL. Computer Science and Information Technology (ICCSIT). V.6 (July 2010) P. 497-501. Retrieved from http://0-ieeexplore.ieee.org.opac.library.csupomona.edu/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5564100&tag=1