Healthcare Information: From Administrative to Practice Databases
M. R. Kraft (VA Hospital-Hines, Illinois and Loyola University, Chicago, USA), K. C. Desouza (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) and I. Androwich (Loyola University, Chicago, USA)
Copyright: © 2003
This chapter defines and discusses healthcare data and various healthcare databases as resources for knowledge discovery that can support effectiveness research, quality improvement, and resource allocation. Privacy and confidentiality of health records are addressed along with the dimensions and complexity of information retrieval from healthcare databases and patient health records. The Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) data and databases are specifically addressed. Issues and methods of data preparation for a data mining exploration of a VHA Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) clinical database are presented from a nursing perspective. The potential of using healthcare databases for research is noted.