Healthcare and data warehousing

by Daniel M
The article that i read is about how the feds are building a data warehouse that will have all everyones healthcare data, their social security number, and all of their treatments and diagnosis. The data will be updated daily by the healthcare providers and it will cover the data from current federal employees and retirees, military personnel, postal workers and their families. It also will include data from participants in the national pre-existing-conditions insurance program and the multi-state option plan created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the announcement. The idea behind this is that the best course of action can be used for the treatment and that the tax payers aren’t wasting their money on treatments that don’t need to be done or have already been done by another doctor. The article also goes on to talk about how law enforcement and local government agencies can use this data for research purposes.

This article is interesting because it will allow heath care providers to query the database and find out all of the health problems and past medical records of their enrollees.  This also concerns me because that is a lot of personal information in one place. I also don’t like the fact that they will allow other agencies besides the health care providers to query the database and get peoples information. I think this article is good because it shows how powerful data warehouses are and how much information can be stored in them. As students i think we need to know what the capabilities of data warehouses are.

reference:

Conn, J. (2010). Feds to build ‘data warehouse’ of health claims . Modern Healthcare, Retrieved from http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20101008/NEWS/310089961

 

5 thoughts on “Healthcare and data warehousing”

  1. I also dont like the fact that other organizations can query the database for research. I think it should only be healthcare providers that can access the database. If they can sucessfully deploy it and secure it then that’s great because they will have a central location to get data from and the data will be consistent and up to date.

  2. Nice. I guess as time passes, we start needing more and more databases. Our numbers just increase, thus leading to the need of bigger and better database ware houses. Good article!

  3. The reason why the feds need our personal information is not good enough for me. I do not see a real or good enough reason why the feds need to have such private information about us. The feds are not known for having the best security for the databases they have. Government databases have been known to be hacked with query injections. It would be a goldmine for hackers that can access that database. I feel safer when my personal information is not in as many databases, especially that of the feds. If it does so happen that they obtain my information I hope that it is in the time when they upgrade their security.

  4. I heard the law has been pass and it become a mandatory for doctors to input patients information along with their prescription to one giant database. So if the patients need to check their self in to the hospital or order prescription from drug store, the drug store or the hospital can pull the history of that patients.

  5. I heard the law has been pass and it become a mandatory for doctors to input patients information along with their prescription to one giant database. So if the patients need to check their self in to the hospital or order prescription from drug store, the drug store or the hospital can pull the history of that patients.

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