Research Using the EMR

If your EMR could talk back to you, what would you ask?

We want to involve you, as team members, in Primary Care Research!  The Maritime Family Practice Research Network (MarNet-FP) holds data from sentinel physicians and nurse practitioners  from both urban and rural environments.  This electronic medical record (EMR) information can be used for research. This session is designed to introduce clinical users of the EMR to BRIC NS.

MaRNet-FP’s largest activity is as a node for CPCSSN, the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network.  Each year the network grows, with over 80,000 Nova Scotia primary care patients included.   In addition to general health information, data are being collected on eight chronic diseases:  hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, COPD, depression, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.  The data are robust and the algorithms used by CPCSSN to identify cases of diabetes, hypertension, etc. have a sensitivity and specificity of 90 per cent and higher, in most cases.  Researchers are already beginning to use the collected data for research projects.

BRIC NS and MaRNet, invite your ideas on what you would like to see answered using data routinely collected within primary care EMRs. We will facilitate the development of a research project using MaRNet EMR data to address these ideas. Please bring your thoughts and plan to join us Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Spryfield Medical Centre, Rm 169. All are welcome.

A light lunch is planned, please RSVP to bricns@dal.ca