A Temporal Database Management for Medical and Health Care Systems

  • D H O Ling
  • D A Bell
  • I R Young
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 45)


This paper describes a new architecture (based on the relational data model) for the handling of time-varying data which is well suited for medical applications. This model also provides a heterogeneous distributed capability such that current and historical data may be stored on a network of different computing facilities. We have prototyped such a temporal data management system under the UNIX operating system using the C programming language which interfaces with the commercial relational database management system - Ingres.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • D H O Ling
    • 1
  • D A Bell
    • 1
  • I R Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Information SystemsUniversity of UlsterJordanstownNorthern Ireland, UK

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