Database in Healthcare

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

3 thoughts on “Database in Healthcare”

  1. The fact that database is also used in health care outside of business is pretty awesome. Hopefully this leads to a more efficient health care system that can be used universally in order to help save people’s lives, especially if they are traveling and in need of urgent medical care.

  2. This appears to be one of those futuristic, promising, but also realistic articles. The healthcare system’s transition to digital record keeping has been all but subtle over the past few years. However, your found article makes it clear that this industry is making a serious attempt at utilizing newly emerging data methodologies to further benefit everyone involved. Potential is always fun to think about, and these notions certainly offer a lot of it. Hopefully, it’s influence may spread to other industries who might similarly experiment with database sharing techniques.

    Especially with the turmoil the U.S. healthcare system has been experiencing over the past decade, it’s good to see at least one aspect of the system having a forward-guided mentality.

    Good article. Kudos.

  3. I think this is an interesting topic because this could really help patients that need access to information quickly in order to get properly treated in time. There are many cases where patients have to wait for paperwork and other complications to go through before they are able to go through with their treatment, and this could be harmful to the patients and their families in the long run. It is nice to know that technology and software are continuing to help people get better in different ways

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