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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4738

Title: Electronic Health Records Should Support Clinical Research
Authors: Powell, John
Buchan, Iain
Keywords: Editorial
Medical records
medical records systems, computerized
health services research
epidemiologic research design
Issue Date: 14-Mar-2005
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: John Powell, Iain Buchan. Electronic Health Records Should Support Clinical Research. J Med Internet Res 2005;7(1):e4 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2005/1/e4/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2005/1/e4/ ] : One aspect of electronic care records which has received little attention is the potential benefit to clinical research. Electronic records could facilitate new interfaces between care and research environments, leading to great improvements in the scope and efficiency of research. Benefits range from systematically generating hypotheses for research to undertaking entire studies based only on electronic record data. Researchers and research managers must engage with electronic record initiatives to realize these benefits. Clinicians and patients must have confidence in the consent, confidentiality and security arrangements for the uses of secondary data. Provided that such initiatives establish adequate information governance arrangements, within a clear ethical framework, innovative clinical research should flourish. Major benefits to patient care could ensue given sufficient development of the care-research interface via electronic records.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4738
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.7.1.e4
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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