Data Management

This set of articles (still in process of being written) seeks to discuss the fundamental processes of data management.


The Hospital Information System (HIS) is designed to enable the gathering and storage of data and then make them available as information for primary and secondary use. Primary use refers to the use of data or information for performing clinical work (i.e. caring for the patient). Secondary use refers to use of data outside the scope of actual care of the patient for reasons such as audit and research. For both, data about a single patient or a group of patients are presented in raw (primary form) or derived (secondary) form. The term primary and secondary use must be differentiated from Primary (Raw) data and Secondary (derived) data.


Data management is a set of activities consisting of:

  1. Data generation
  2. Data acquisition (collection, gathering, capture)
  3. Data transfer
  4. Data storage
  5. Data extraction
  6. Data analysis
  7. Data interpretation
  8. Data presentation
  9. Data dissemination

2 thoughts on “Data Management”

    1. Thanks for visiting my site and reading my articles.
      Usually presentation is made after analysis but data can also be presented without analysis as raw data with or without some sort of arrangement. Analysis involves grouping, sequencing and comparison. It usually uses of simple descriptive statistics (graphs, histograms, pie charts) or more advanced statistics. I have Powerpoint presentations I made for a course. I will share them with you after I have edited them.


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