The Benefits of Using a Database from a Healthcare Perspective

by Renee L
Acquiring influenza or any other disease is the last thing people want. Many medical institutions have recommended people to get vaccines to reduce the amount of morbidity and mortality. However, statistics show that vaccination rates have been increasingly low, and healthcare institutions are worried that people have not been getting their vaccinations. In addition, these institutions have been having trouble obtaining vaccination reports and keeping track of their rates and other medical records. Because of their system’s inconsistency and lack of organization, they created a database to both keep track of and report influenza rates. That way, medical professionals can clearly monitor the amount of people getting vaccinations each year, and come up with ways to improve their goals. Another problem with their system is that it was paper-based. They could not handle all of their patient’s files and records; therefore, the system is inefficient. To solve this problem, they came up with a computerized-based system that could easily grab, record, and calculate patients’ medical and vaccination records. As a result, the system of the organization was more effective and efficient, and they were able to achieve their goals.

This article relates to the topic of database advantages discussed in the first week of class. Using the example of the healthcare system, the database system improved data consistency, data sharing, created data-independence, and increased efficiency. The database system also provided summaries and reports to help them in their decision-making.

I really enjoyed reading this article because two different areas are involved, which are the business/technology and healthcare areas. Anywhere you go, there will always be technology. Whether it is medical or business, technology will always be involved because of the benefits it provides. It’s really cool to see how different areas can work so well together.

Source: Melia, M. M., O’Neill, S. O., Calderon, S. C., Hewitt, S. H., Orlando, K. O., Taylor, K. T., Affeln, D. A., Conti, C. C., & Wright, S.W. (2009). Development of a flexible, computerized database to prioritize, record, and report influenza vaccination rates for healthcare personnel. Chicago Journals, 30(4), 361-369. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10.1086/596043.pdf?acceptTC=true

1 thought on “The Benefits of Using a Database from a Healthcare Perspective”

  1. This is a great way to use a database. I never thought of a database to be used for something involving the medical field, only in a business field. I think that using a database to monitor patients files is much more efficient that using the “paper and pen” method. I hope that eventually as databases become more advance, we will eventually get rid of physical records and have everything stored on the computer or cloud system (with back-ups of course).

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