Enabling research in general practice – increasing functionality of electronic medical records

Young, Jacqueline, Eley, Diann, Fahey, Paul, Patterson, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley G. (2010) Enabling research in general practice – increasing functionality of electronic medical records. Australian Family Physician, 39 7: 506-509.

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Author Young, Jacqueline
Eley, Diann
Fahey, Paul
Patterson, Elizabeth
Hegney, Desley G.
Title Enabling research in general practice – increasing functionality of electronic medical records
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2010-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 39
Issue 7
Start page 506
End page 509
Total pages 4
Editor Jenni Parsons
Denese Warmington
Carolyn O'Shea
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services
111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND With an estimated 80% of Australians visiting a general practitioner at least once a year, the data generated by GPs is a rich source of the overall health profile of patients. However, this data is rarely used to report on health outcomes.

OBJECTIVE This article reports on the use of remote access of electronic medical records (EMRs) for the purpose of collecting data during a collaborative research project involving the staff of three general practices and an external research team.

DISCUSSION Throughout the project numerous benefits to remotely accessing general practice EMRs were identified. However, there remain some difficulties which need to be addressed. An increased functionality of the software programs used in general practice is required, along with improvements in the utilisation of the software capabilities. Collaboration between clinicians, researchers and clinical software developers will be vital to advance this process.
Keyword General practice
Medical Records Systems
Information storaage and retrieval
Medical informatics
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