Sample Paper on The Language of Health Informatics

The Language of Health Informatics

            Today’s environment consists of information systems that are integrated to bring about efficiency and collaboration within the work environment. Enterprises, educational institutions, use these systems in a wider scale, developing online platforms in order to enhance communication, business processes and workflow. All this is dependent on information systems. An information system is a set of related components used to collect, manipulate, store and disseminate data and information while at the same time give mechanism for feedback purposes in order to meet an objective (Stair and Reynolds, 2012). This kind of system is used in one way or the other to fulfill some objectives in an organization with healthcare organizations widely using it in healthcare informatics in order to analyze and perform computations in a set of data. One such kind of software which is used is the Med Sync application software. This is a software application that is based on two designs which can integrate with standalone computers and be integrated to the online environment.
This software uses an intelligent mechanism aided by an engine which helps to synchronize information concerning outpatients, by facilitating medical prescriptions at intervals based on some metrics attached to given patients profile. This software helps by giving updates to patients as well as contacting patients whose prescriptions are given on monthly basis. It also gives real-time information concerning patient’s schedules and informs them regarding important appointments with their doctors. While the application helps in scheduling prescriptions, patients can also check their medical history and query the types of drugs they used to cure past ailments, and also captures all dates as regards the visits made to the hospital. However, the application relies heavily on a database that is integrated with the application interfaces,

which facilitates patient interaction. The database is designed using MySQL, a Microsoft proprietary database platform mainly used in online systems. This database is used to store patient information and gives doctors and patients the capability to query and view their information. It is also used to ensure that each user accessing particular information is authenticated by ensuring that all integrity constraints are implemented. This is accomplished through assigning each user a unique password and username stored within the database.
The database uses a model which supports a table structure that consists of five rows and ten columns which is used to capture and store respective information concerning the patients. In the table structure, there are fields for name, contact information, sex, medical history, patient unique number, complication suffering from, location and doctors contact information. These fields are used to store information concerning the patient prescription history while at the same time automates the prescription process.
The table also has primary and foreign keys. The primary key is used to uniquely identify an entity instance (Rob and Coronel, 2002). The primary key is implemented on the patient unique number in order to identify a unique patient. On the other hand, an index is also used to speed the search in order to retrieve specific information. The index is implemented on the name and prescription. Despite the efficiency brought about by this software, standardization is critical, as it maintains the quality of information which can be acceptable in any clinical environment. This is because lack of use of appropriate standards can result to poor health information exchanges which may prevent comprehensive clinical research due to inaccuracy in information.

 

References

Rob, P., & Coronel, C. (2002). Database systems: Design, implementation, and management. Boston, MA: Course Technology.

Stair, R. M., & Reynolds, G. W. (2012). Fundamentals of information systems. Boston: Course Technology/Cengage Learning.