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Keywords:

  • informatics;
  • public health databases as topic;
  • communication;
  • health expenditures;
  • quality control

Abstract

While various types of technologies continue to diffuse throughout the health and welfare sectors, there is one in particular that is ubiquitous – the electronic database. Large databases are generally designed by information technology professionals with input from the health or welfare professional. However, whether large or small, an electronic database must have a data dictionary that is current and ideally derived from standards. This will avoid ambiguities and time consuming efforts which affect on precious resources.