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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2010, vol. 16, book 3
Subject Collection: Medicine
Page: 40 - 43
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.1632010_40-43
Online date: Dec 14, 2010

Nikolay Sapundzhiev
Department of Otorhinolaryngology,
Medical University “Prof. P Stoyanov”, Varna, Bulgaria

Introduction: Oncology patients need extensive follow-up and meticulous documentation. The aim of this study was to introduce a simple, platform independent file based system for documentation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in oncology patients and test its function.
Material and methods: A file-name based system of the type M1<separator>M2<separator>M3.F2 was introduced, where M1 is a unique identifier for the patient, M2 is the date of the clinical intervention/event, M3 is an identifier for the author of the medical record and F2 is the specific software generated file-name extension.
Results: This system is in use at 5 institutions, where a total of 11 persons on 14 different workstations inputted 16591 entries (files) for 2370. The merge process was tested on 2 operating systems - when copied together all files sort up as expected by patient, and for each patient in a chronological order, providing a digital cumulative patient record, which contains heterogeneous file formats.
Conclusion: The file based approach for storing heterogeneous digital patient related information is an reliable system, which can handle open-source, proprietary, general and custom file formats and seems to be easily scalable. Further development of software for automatic checks of the integrity and searching and indexing of the files is expected to produce a more user-friendly environment

.Key words:Head and neck cancer, cancer informatics infrastructure, cancer registries, information storage and retrieval, data warehouse.

Page: 40-43; FULL TEXT PDF (346 KB) Abstract

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