As the volume of clinical information increases, the need arises for a large volume of information to be hereditarily stored in the form of pedigree charts. In the past, mainframes were used to archive this huge amount of data but easy access was not a reality. Now, with the advent of server clustering (that is multiple servers networked together), volumes of information can be stored together online by segregating them into different servers, thereby allowing users to acces their information in a more secure and hassle-free manner.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (ti.frost.com), Advancements in Clinical Information System- An Impact Analysis, finds that the technological objective behind the creation of CIS is to have globally integrated system, controlling data flow and storage, while the system will also provide the facility of visualizing the clinical information content in their local dialects.
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"The clustered server network model is the database management and networking system, which is going to make national or global centralization of CIS a reality," notes Frost and Sullivan Research Analyst Abhishek Dutta. "Clustered servers are made up of multiple servers where data is stored in the distributed or parallel databases of the servers themselves. They serve as back-end information storage with easy access through the world wide web."
Other than Internet protocol for better access, the major importance of clustered network servers is in dynamic data processing and distributed relational database creation. The creation of a distributed relational database is of primary importance because this is the core competency of servers, which provide an alternative to the conventional mainframe-based back-end in order to store voluminous amounts of medical data of patients through generations.
With regard to emerging technologies, researchers from athenahealth Inc., based in Massachusetts, have developed a unique approach to electronic medical records (EMR). The product named athenaClinicals is designed explicitly to provide a return on investment and is the industry’s first economically sustainable Web-based EMR service to provide this facility effectively in a unified and integrated manner.
Notwithstanding such advances, maintenance of online security while clinical information transfer occurs is a big issue in the CIS domain. New encryption algorithms are written every day and hackers use 'brute-force' technology to break theses codes and often they do succeed. This problem may persist as the Bergofsky principle in cryptography states that every type of encryption can be broken by finding a particular standard 64 bit key using brute force technology. While such is the problem, unless an encryption algorithm is written, which defies Bergofsky principle, the security issues will keep cropping up.
"The future of the CIS industry looks at transmitting data, video, and audio across telecommunication networks facilitating the built of virtual hospitals," says Dutta. "Hence, secure data network accesses and data transmissions are critical to the confidentiality and privacy of personal medical data and developments related to secure data transmission over the Internet will have a profound impact on the future of integrated health care."
Since the objective of CIS is automation and connectivity, Frost and Sullivan’s Technical Insights foresee the fusion of IT technologies and products mainframes, cluster networks, software processing techniques, computer architectures, and algorithms giving rise to a single unified consciousness, which can operate on its own with negligible need for human intervention. In other words, artificial intelligence (AI) could play a significant role in future clinical information systems.
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