Patient data related to cardiovascular surgery are usually managed separately by surgeons and clinical engineers in their respective data files. Recently, with our participation in the Japan Adult Cardiovascular Surgery Database (JACVSD), we newly prepared JACVSD-ready cardiovascular surgery data files by combining two data entry systems.
We constructed a cardiovascular surgery database system using FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server. When preparing the data files, we attempted to eliminate excessive labor during data input and to enable easy distinction of items for which input has not been completed. In addition, we added some items required for clinical work so the files could be used not only for registration with the JACVSD but also for clinical work.
All the items for the cases in 2005 and 2006 were input by the end of each year. Registration in the JACVSD in 2005 and 2006 was completed by the set deadline, except in one case in which the patient remained hospitalized at the time of the deadline.
Our newly developed JACVSD-ready data files have increased the interest of surgeons in data entry and in collecting data. With the new system, we can manage patient data more easily and more effectively at low cost.
"Developing a database with FileMaker is widely used with a wide range of purposes: Hambek et al. developed a database for clinical and scientific documentation of Head and Neck Oncology patients. Further databases have been published in the field of cardiovascular surgery, electronic health care management, pharmacovigilance, parathyroid glands, microarray data management, management of mouse colonies or oncological gynecology. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the setting of a histological research core facility sample tracking and project specific archiving of tissue specimens and communication of related data is of central importance.
Over a 24-month period 10 laboratories from two transregional research centers submitted in excess of 3000 tissue samples for histological processing and evaluation to our core facility. A web based database was set up to overcome the logistical problem of managing samples with inconsistent, duplicate and missing labels and to allow for efficient sample tracking, archiving and communication with the collaborating research laboratories. The database allows the users to remotely generate unique sample identifiers and enter sample annotation prior to sample processing. Furthermore the database facilitates communication about experimental set-up results and media files such as histological images.
Our newly constructed web based portal is an important tool for the management of research samples of our histological core facility and facilitates significantly interdisciplinary and transregional research. It is freely available for scientific use.
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