Oracle Software saving lives
Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
Thanks in large part to today's large-scale
databases, companies can now afford to store trillions of bytes of
valuable information. However, storing the data is just the
beginning and the real challenge is accessing these huge data stores and
mining them for statistically significant events.
Nowhere is this research as prevalent as it is in
the area of
Medical Informatics, where highly skilled doctors are leveraging on
patient treatment information to perform advanced predictive modeling,
measuring the efficacy of life-saving drugs and detecting dangers that
have a direct impact on the health and safety of millions of patients.
The recent recalls of the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration highlight some unavoidable risks associated with all
clinical trials and suggest that the only way to fully understand a
system of complex drug interactions is to sample and analyze real-world
Whether scientists are researching the behavior of
drugs, studying the demand for products, or learning about the behavior
of software, the application of heuristic techniques has answered the
question about "How things work".
Using powerful Oracle tools such as Oracle
Discoverer and Oracle Data Mining, medical researchers are discovering
trends and patterns that will improve the health care for millions of
people across the globe.
We are also starting to see medical experts
combining their medical qualifications with Oracle database
certification, as with
Wu, MD OCP, an Oracle scientist working for the Walter Reed
Medical Center in Washington DC.
Combining their medical knowledge with an in-depth
understanding of Oracle tools, these Oracle scientists search for
important facts within these huge databases, a task that would be
virtually impossible without tools such as Oracle Discoverer and Oracle
||For another example, Dr. Carolyn Hamm at the
Walter Reed's decision support center, uses Oracle technology to
quickly identify statistically significant heuristics (also
called "rules of thumb") that apply of their universe of
patients, and uses Oracle tools to generalize her findings to
treatment regimens anywhere across the globe.
Dr. Hamm is the author of the forthcoming book
"Oracle Data Mining", the first books of its kind to explain how Oracle
tools are being used to help save lives:
It's nice to see a commercial vendor like Oracle
investing millions of dollars to develop tools that promise to improve
the lives of people everywhere.
If you want a good article on saving lives
with Oracle, look at what Cerner corp out of
Kansas City is doing. Their software uses the
oracle database, and does the full range of drug
interaction checking, as well as medical
condition checking, and even ordering tests.
It even has a rules system that watches for interrelated results and
automatically recommends further tests to order based on the results of earlier
tests. It does a lot more then Oracle's product ever
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