Secondary Medical Research Databases

  • Morris F. Collen
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Secondary medical databases are classified in this book in accordance with their objectives, which usually are to support clinical research, administrative functions, medical education, or public health. Since very large medical databases can collect, integrate, store, and provide data from various sources and can support multiple purposes, they can serve both as a primary databases if the data are initially collected for direct patient care, and can also serve as secondary databases when the data are also used for other purposes (Glichlich 2007). After primary medical databases began to be established in the 1960s, it soon became evident that the secondary collections of information extracted from primary clinical databases could be of great value in supporting clinical research, improving the clinical decision-making process, and improving the quality of health care. As computer storage devices became larger and less costly, a great variety of secondary clinical databases emerged in these six decades.


Research Database Common Gateway Interface Common Information Model National Clinical Database Identifiable Health Information 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morris F. Collen
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  1. 1.Division of ResearchOaklandUSA

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