Methodological description of clinical research data collection through electronic medical records in a center participating in an international multicenter study

Veronica Neves Fialho Queiroz, Andrea da Costa Moreira de Oliveira, Renato Carneiro de Freitas Chaves, Lucas Araújo de Borges Moura, Daniel Sousa César, Flávio Takaoka, Ary Serpa Neto

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Data collection for clinical research can be difficult, and electronic health record systems can facilitate this process. The aim of this study was to describe and evaluate the secondary use of electronic health records in data collection for an observational clinical study. We used Cerner Millennium®, an electronic health record software, following these steps: (1) data crossing between the study's case report forms and the electronic health record; (2) development of a manual collection method for data not recorded in Cerner Millennium®; (3) development of a study interface for automatic data collection in the electronic health records; (4) employee training; (5) data quality assessment; and (6) filling out the electronic case report form at the end of the study. Three case report forms were consolidated into the electronic case report form at the end of the study. Researchers performed daily qualitative and quantitative analyses of the data. Data were collected from 94 patients. In the first case report form, 76.5% of variables were obtained electronically, in the second, 95.5%, and in the third, 100%. The daily quality assessment of the whole process showed complete and correct data, widespread employee compliance and minimal interference in their practice. The secondary use of electronic health records is safe and effective, reduces manual labor, and provides data reliability. Anesthetic care and data collection may be done by the same professional.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereAE4791
Number of pages6
JournalEinstein (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

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