DATA BASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR AMBULATORY CARE.
A minicomputer-based, data base management system designed primarily for the support of ambulatory care delivery is described. The DBMS, written in the GEMISCH language, supports medical, administrative and financial functions in several clinics. Major features of the system are modular design, the use of dictionary files to define clinic-specific variables, and provision for data entry on either an interactive basis or in a delayed mode utilizing encounter forms. Four ambulatory care clinics, representing the range from primary to tertiary care, are currently supported. Over 40,000 patients are maintained in on-line files with about 60,000 annual encounters.
Hammond, WE; Stead, WW; Feagin, SJ; Brantley, BA; Straube, MJ
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