Oracle Implements Thai Electronic Medical Records

 
 
By Stacy Lawrence  |  Posted 2005-07-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In a partnership with the government of Thailand, Oracle will set up a national electronic health record system that will be used for clinical and research purposes. (CIOInsight.com)

The Thai government has launched the Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences Pharmacogenomics Project, in collaboration with Oracle, to gather and unify health records electronically. The project involves the development of a large-scale database of unified electronic health records and is intended to provide safer and more effective medications as well as reduced health care costs. Pharmacogenomics defines how a persons genetics affects his or her bodys response to medications. It is the basis for individualized medicine, through which drugs are tailored and applied to cater to a persons personal genetic makeup.
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Pharmacogenomics could be a leap forward for health care. At the clinical trial level, it involves information sharing, investigator and patient management, and terminology translation. At the health care level, it involves biomedical surveillance, determining clinical pathways for standardized patient care and gathering patient and physician information into a centralized database.
Keeping electronic health records is also an effective monitoring tool to curb outbreaks of emerging diseases such as SARS and avian influenza, more popularly known as bird flu. Read the full story on CIOInsight.com: Oracle Implements Thai Electronic Medical Records Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis of technologys impact on health care.
 
 
 
 
Stacy Lawrence is co-editor of CIOInsight.com's Health Care Center. Lawrence has covered IT and the life sciences for various publications, including Business 2.0, Red Herring, The Industry Standard and Nature Biotechnology. Before becoming a journalist, Lawrence attended New York University and continued on in the sociology doctoral program at UC Berkeley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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