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A Computerized Obstetrical Medical Record and Data Base System

  • A. Boel
  • F. Van der Voort
  • K. Verhaest
  • A. Van Assche
  • J. L. Willems
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 16)

Summary

Over the last two years we have implemented a rather extensive computer oriented obstetrical medical record and data base system at Leuven University. A total of 404 different items can be coded, covering information mainly on the pregnant women, but also on the husband and newborn(s). The items can be divided into 3 main categories: data collected at the first visit, information gathered at each follow-up examination in the prenatal period and data collected at the time of delivery and during the post-partum period.

HP IMAGE-1000 software has been used to construct the data base on an HP minicomputer-system. Twenty six different data sets have been created which are linked with the record number and time as the most important key items. Programs have been written to optimize reliability and speed of data entry and to insure security and recovery of the data. Coding is done by physicians using multiple choice lists and squares preprinted throughout the record.

A tool has thereby been created which will be of great help to future clinical research projects.

Keywords

Fetal Heart Rate Prenatal Period Medical Secretary Data Base System Data Base Management 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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    Lesaffre, M., Boel, A. and Willems, J.L.: Implementation of ISPAHAN on an HP minicomputersystem. In “Pattern Recognition in Practice” (Eds. E. Gelsema and L.N. Kanal ), North Holland Publ., Amsterdam, 1980, pp. 527–534.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Boel
    • 1
  • F. Van der Voort
    • 2
  • K. Verhaest
    • 1
  • A. Van Assche
    • 2
  • J. L. Willems
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical InformaticsUniversity Hospital St. RafaëlLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsUniversity Hospital St. RafaëlLeuvenBelgium

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