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[Gnu-arch-users] EMR EBM EBMgmt

From: patrick blanchard
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] EMR EBM EBMgmt
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 18:16:06 -0500

patrick blanchard wrote:
> The short list:
> I think version control may be useful for Electronic Medical Records
> (EMR), and improving patient care by linking Evidenced Based Medicine
> (EBM) and Evidence Based Management (EBMgmt). Do you?
Thomas Lord wrote:
My answer is "Yes, but...."


The "But" part is that we have a "category problem".   Revision control
offers all the great things listed in the previous paragraph, and more,
but....   so does the category "global distributed file system".    And,
really, neither of those categories intrinsically begins to address (or
even make a good framework for addressing) the domain-specific data
types we expect in PHRs.

So, "version control may be useful" but that may not be the most
immediately useful way to look at it.   Maybe we want a versioning file
system, for example.   And, anyway, the particular nature of the data
has to be discussed.

Stay tuned.   I'm working on defining a new category.

Unless I am missing something, domain-specific data types in medicine are not any different than CMS. Ok, so they might have a different tag, but that's all.

I don't think the catagory problem is really a problem after all, unless you want to start storing voxel image in a 3d array. If the data type is kept 2d, then Perl can sort out the minutia, while Arch can do the bird's eye view of data changes. It might work w/ a medical specific markup language similar to HTML. ...just some thoughts. CGI can make it presentable to the enduser. I'll bet what you have already will take this 90% of the way, and surpass 100% of the EMRs on the market.

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