Healthcare Databases

Healthcare is the most data-intensive industry in the world.1, 2 Patient information stored in health information systems (HISs) can be used by healthcare professionals for patient care, for treatment advice, and for surveillance of a patient’s health status; it can be used by healthcare researchers in assessing clinical treatment, procedures, and effectiveness of medications; and it can be used by administrative personnel in cost accounting and by managers for planning. The challenge for a traditional HIS is how to make data useful for clinicians and empower them with the tools to make informed decisions and deliver more responsive patient services.

A healthcare database is a collection of related patient health data organized ...

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