Healthcare and data warehousing{5}


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