Patient Data Management Systems in Europe — A Comparative Study

  • P. G. H. Metnitz
  • K. Lenz
Part of the Intensivmedizinisches Seminar book series (INTENSIVM.SEM., volume 6)


The development of new technologies for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in intensive care combined with the introduction of microprocessor technology has led to an enormous increase in data collection at ICUs [1, 2]. We have already reached a point where the manual handling of these amounts of data is very hard to manage [3]. The comparison of a hospital with a bank [4] by Groom and Harris in 1990 has become famous in this context. To measure the computing demands of a hospital, they looked at the number of transaction performed daily. They found that a hospital with an average census of 300 beds had the same amount of transactions as a state-wide bank with 150 branches. Further they tried to locate the demands of different units. 60% of the computing power, according to Groom and Harris, are needed by data intensive units, such as operating theatres, ICUs and laboratories (Fig. 1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. H. Metnitz
    • 1
  • K. Lenz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Inner Medicine IV, Intensive Care UnitUniversity of ViennaAustria

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