Moving Toward a Unified National Health Care Database

In the United States, a push for a national, unified health care system is in the works now that the country has a new administration in the White House. To support a system of this nature, a huge national database will have to be built. And everyone’s medical records will have to be entered into a universal system that all doctors, hospitals and emergency personnel will have access to.

Right now, most health care organizations have their own database of patients or have their records still on paper. Over the course of the next few years, a lot of decisions are going to have to be made. Decisions like which database platform will be used, which security model will work best and what levels of access each user will have. It is going to be a huge project. There are many ideas floating around as to how to go about setting up a database of this size and control all the parts. Checks and balances will have to be put in place, as well as some top-notch security.

When choosing a database model, the logical thing to do is have a distributed system throughout the country. This will allow most of the data to reside locally with the patient, while also permitting the patient’s record to be accessed remotely if he or she were away on business. Further, it would cut down on the amount of data traveling over the Internet and thereby reduce the risk of someone maliciously…


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