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Ugeskr Laeger. 2002 Sep 16;164(38):4398-405.

[IT systems for clinical databases--status and perspectives].

[Article in Danish]

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  • 1Klinisk Kvalitet H:S, Bispebjerg Hospital, DK-2400 KĂžbenhavn NV. Vingtoft@bbh.hosp


Generally, the use of clinical databases for quality development in the hospital sector has not been satisfactory. A substantial problem attaches to the IT systems used hitherto. This article describes a number of requirements which the National Indicator Project has specified for a forthcoming second generation of clinical database system. Besides, the second generation system Clinical Performance Measurements which is used in the Copenhagen Hospital Corporation for several disease areas and for The Danish Vascular Registry is described. This experience emphasizes the need for central management of development initiatives within clinical quality databases. The management must allow for coordination, rational management and experience-based further development of IT systems for the clinical databases and integration with present and forthcoming systems including electronic patient record systems. The management should also allow for the decisive interaction between clinical quality development and medical informatics.

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