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Integrating heterogeneous databases in clustered medic care environments using object-oriented technology
Author(s): Arun K. Thakore; Frank Sauer
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Paper Abstract

The organization of modern medical care environments into disease-related clusters, such as a cancer center, a diabetes clinic, etc., has the side-effect of introducing multiple heterogeneous databases, often containing similar information, within the same organization. This heterogeneity fosters incompatibility and prevents the effective sharing of data amongst applications at different sites. Although integration of heterogeneous databases is now feasible, in the medical arena this is often an ad hoc process, not founded on proven database technology or formal methods. In this paper we illustrate the use of a high-level object- oriented semantic association method to model information found in different databases into an integrated conceptual global model that integrates the databases. We provide examples from the medical domain to illustrate an integration approach resulting in a consistent global view, without attacking the autonomy of the underlying databases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174295
Show Author Affiliations
Arun K. Thakore, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine (United States)
Frank Sauer, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2165:
Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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