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Understanding How Databases Store Data

Storing Data on a Computer

Some lists can serve a much more useful purpose when stored on a computer. For example, the patient names, addresses, and phone numbers you jot down on cards or in a paper address book are used only when you have the paper list in your hand. Suppose you currently store names and addresses on cards. All the information about a particular person is stored in one place.

If you store that list on a computer, however, you can do much more with it than just refer to it. For example, you can generate lists of all diabetic patients, you can print mailing labels for visit reminder cards, you can create lists of this month's birthdays for pediatric patients, and so on.


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