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Title Database Design of an Intensive Care Unit Patient Data Management System
Author(s) N. Fumai, C. Collet, M. Petroni, K. Roger, A. Lam, E. Saab, A. S. Malowany, F. A. Carnevale, R. D. Gottesman
Source Proceedings of the Fourth Annual IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, Pages 78-85
ISBN 0-8186-2164-8
Publisher IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA
Publication Date May 12, 1991
Abstract A Patient Data Management System is being developed for use in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Montreal Children's Hospital. The PDMS acquires real-time patient data from a network of physiological bedside monitors and facilitates the review and interpretation of this data by presenting it as graphical trends, charts, and plots on a color display. Due to the large amounts of data involved, the data storage and data management processes are an important task of PDMS. The data management structure must integrate varied data types and provide database support for different applications, while preserving the real-time acquisition of network data. This paper outlines a new data management structure which is based primarily on IBM OS/2's Extended Edition relational database. The relational database design is expected to solve the query shortcomings of the previous data management structure, as well as offer support for security and concurrency.

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