Health Care Database Systems In Practice

Health Care Database Systems in Practice
 
Although we live in a world completely revolutionized by information, it is important to remember that it is knowledge we are seeking, not information.
 
—Margaret Wheatley
 
Every day, nurses and other health care practitioners are challenged with managing large quantities of data and information. Unless this data and information can be translated into knowledge, it will have little meaningful value. Databases and data management techniques, if designed effectively, present health care organizations with the means to quickly and effectively transform data into useful knowledge. The ability to rapidly and accurately transform data into useable knowledge allows health care practitioners to make informed decisions on patient care.
 
In this Discussion, you consider the types of data stored in a database system. You also examine how this information is used in nursing practice, and reflect on the benefits and challenges of using health care database systems and data.
 
To prepare:
 

Select a database system that you encounter at work or with which you are familiar. What data points are captured and used by nurses?
Consider the kind of data collected and the different elements of that data.
Ask yourself: How is information in this database used for nursing practice and patient care? What benefits does the database system provide? What are the challenges of using the system?

 
Post: A minimum of 550 words with 3 references in APA format
 
1) A description of the system you selected and the types of data that are stored in the system.
 
2) Explain how this database and the data is used for nursing practice and patient care.
 
3) Evaluate the benefits and challenges of using the database system and the data.
 
 
 

 
Readings
 

 

Microsoft. Virtual Academy (2013). Database fundamentals. Retrieved from http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/database-fundamentals#?fbid=2MPiQPolSfc
This website contains a series of lessons on database fundamentals. Topics covered include database design, database management, and database security.

 
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