Secondary use, the reuse of medical patient data stored during routine care in the hospital’s electronic medical records (EMR) for research purpose is common, especially for registers and pragmatic trials. Often the medical data items are copied manually from the EMR into the used research database. This process is time consuming and error prone. In the “Safety of the Living Kidney Donor – The German National Register” (SOLKID-GNR), laboratory results gathered during control check-ups of the living donors before and after the transplantation are to be transferred from the EMR into the electronic data capture system REDCap of the register. In this work, we present our approach of realizing an automated transfer of time-dependent laboratory results from the EMR of the University Hospital of Münster to REDCap. A challenge lies in the multi-center structure of SOLKID-GNR. The participating transplant centers are using different EMR systems, which requires a flexible architecture design. In addition, we aimed to support reuse of the implementation for other research settings with other medical data items of interest.
IOS Press, Inc.
6751 Tepper Drive
Clifton, VA 20124
Tel.: +1 703 830 6300
Fax: +1 703 830 2300 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Corporate matters and books only) IOS Press c/o Accucoms US, Inc.
For North America Sales and Customer Service
West Point Commons
Lansdale PA 19446
Tel.: +1 866 855 8967
Fax: +1 215 660 5042 email@example.com