Have you ever wondered what makes a pragmatic clinical trial pragmatic? Or have you heard about Clinical Data Research Networks, but didn't know what they were or what it means to be a part of one? Maybe you're wondering about health research stakeholders and why it's important to include them in the research process? Perhaps you've pondered what any of those words really mean?
Join us as we delve into the Research Files to explore such terms and their meanings; issues and aspects of clinical and translational research; behind the scenes details of our work here at the NC TraCS Institute, the integrated hub of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program at UNC; and more in a new blog series brought to you by the TraCS Communications Team.
It's all about the data
For anyone who's ever conducted an old-school chart audit, some benefits of using electronic health records (EHRs) in research or quality improvement initiatives are fairly obvious. No more pulling individual paper charts to collect data slowly and tediously, one patient at a time. No need to interpret handwriting from all the different care providers who have contributed to an individual patient chart over time. No more visits to dusty, musty record rooms to pull charts that are no longer in active rotation. No more allergy attacks in the middle of a paper-based chart audit. (Maybe that last one is just me.)