Hospital End User Computing in Japan How to Use FileMaker Pro with Hospital Information Systems

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Organizational computing has been critical to the development of medical informatics. Many end user applications (EUAs), such as FileMaker Pro, have been applied to support medical staff work at ...
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End User Computing and FileMaker Pro Observed From the Viewpoint of Hospital Information System Management

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Yoshimune Shiratori


FileMaker Pro (FMP) which is often used for end user computing. It is a software characterized by not only user-friendliness and ease of customization, but it also has an additional aspect, being a database management software. Some general observations with regard to this topic are stated as follows: why software programs are used to this extent, what major purposes they serve for users, and whether there are any issues associated with using this type of user-friendly software program. Following are the 3 purposes of implementing FMP; 1) economical reasons, 2) where detailed development is expected to reflect user requirements, 3) as a prototype for contracts and creation. There has been a rapid progress in the information and communication technology (ICT) at hospitals in Japan for the last 10 years. In such an environment, software programs such as FMP, which is user-friendly and easy for users to customize on their own, plays a vital role. It is anticipated that it will establish itself as a software program with expandability, enabling smooth communication with vendors, rather than being viewed as a software program that poses a threat to vendors.


Hospital information system (HIS), end user computing (EUC), system management, FileMaker, database management software, userfriendliness, customization, economic, user requirements, prototype, information and communication technology (ICT).


Medical Information Department, Gifu University Hospital, Japan