Streams, rivers and data lakes: an introduction to understanding modern electronic healthcare records

Esther Ayobamidele Abisola Idowu, James Teo, Sabrine Salih, Joshua Valverde, Joshua Au Yeung

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Abstract

As foundation doctors, we have often found ourselves informing patients that a certain aspect of their medical information cannot be immediately found, either because it is on an electronic system we cannot access, or it is in a hospital that is unlinked to our own. Unsurprisingly, this frequently leaves patients flabbergasted and confused. We started to wonder: if patients’ data are entered onto an electronic system: where do those data go? If medical data are searched for, where do those data come from? Why are there so many hidden sources of information that clinicians cannot access? In an ever-increasing digital sphere, electronic data will be the future of holistic health and social care planning, impacting every clinician’s day-to-day role. From electronic healthcare records to the use of artificial intelligence solutions, this article will serve as an introduction to how data flows in modern healthcare systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-413
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Medicine, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Keywords

  • artificial intelligence
  • data ethics
  • data standardisation
  • electronic health records
  • healthcare data

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