Date of Award
Master of Business Administration
Sister Margaret Jackson
The purpose of the study is twofold. First, to demonstrate the ability of a database to handle a large number of patients and accompanying medical information to allow the clinician to diagnose and treat them with greater efficiency and rapidity. Secondly, to create a patient registry database for children with growth problems (St. Joseph's Hospital group study).
Computing trends indicate that over the next few years, computer stored medical records will become technically and economically feasible on a broad scale. Many clinical databases are already becoming available for doctors and hospitals to use. The benefits of computer-based medical records out-weigh the paper records. The main benefits are (1) improved logistics and organization of medical records to speed care and improve doctor's efficiency, (2) automatic computer review of the medical record to limit errors and control costs, and (3) systemic analysis of previous clinical experience to guide future practices and policies.
Paper reports may often be out of date in hospitals or in medical clinics where the patient's status can change rapidly. Furthermore, unlike terminals, turnaround paper documents cannot provide reminders or error checks as data is recorded on them.
The database that is chosen for this project is called Paradox for IBM PC computers. Computer stored medical records associated with each patient is best managed under a unified database structure.
Of the available non-medical databases, Paradox has been proven to be cheaper, easier to learn, and maintain. Since it is a relational database, the tables are interlinked to produce the desired results. This database should help the clinician in adding new patient data and, in updating the previous patient's information by using less time.
In conclusion, the Paradox database has been shown to be an effective management tool for doctors to perform fast entry and easy storage of medical records, updating files simultaneously and instantaneously with the added assurance of data accuracy and efficient memory utilization.
Ayyagari, Subhadra, "Patent Registry Database" (1989). Theses. 338.
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