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Front. Neurol. | doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00161

Building of EMR tools to support quality and research in a memory disorders clinic

 Demetrius M. Maraganore1*, Kelly C. Simon2,  Chad Yucus2, James Castle2, Richard Chesis2, Rebekah Lai2, Laura Hillman2, Samuel Tideman2, Lisette Garduno2,  Steven Meyers2 and Roberta Frigerio2
  • 1University of Florida, United States
  • 2NorthShore University HealthSystem, United States

The electronic medical record (EMR) presents an opportunity to standardize patient data collection based on quality guidelines and conduct practice-based research. We describe the development of a customized EMR ‘toolkit’ that standardizes patient data collection with hundreds of discrete fields that supports Best Practices for treating patients with memory disorders. The toolkit also supports practice-based research. We describe the design and successful implementation of a customized EMR toolkit to support Best Practices in the care of patients with memory disorders. We discuss applications, including quality improvement projects and current research initiatives, using the toolkit. This toolkit is being shared with other departments of Neurology as part of the Neurology Practice-Based Research Network. Data collection is ongoing, including longitudinal follow-up. This toolkit will generate data that will allow for descriptive and hypothesis driven research as well quality improvement among patients seen in a memory clinic.

Keywords: Memory Disorders, Research,, Data Collection, Electronic Health Records, Cohort Studies, Quality Improvement

Received: 21 Nov 2018; Accepted: 07 Feb 2019.

Edited by:

Keith Vossel, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, United States

Reviewed by:

Arun Bokde, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Peter S. Pressman, University of Colorado Denver, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 Maraganore, Simon, Yucus, Castle, Chesis, Lai, Hillman, Tideman, Garduno, Meyers and Frigerio. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Demetrius M. Maraganore, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States, Demetrius.Maraganore@neurology.ufl.edu