Clinical research using an information system: the multicenter perioperative outcomes group

Anesthesiol Clin. 2011 Sep;29(3):377-88. doi: 10.1016/j.anclin.2011.06.002.


Clinical research using electronic medical record (EMR) data is an emerging source of scientific progress. Increasingly, researchers are using retrospective observational data acquired from EMRs as the substrate for their clinical research into comorbidities, procedures, situations, and outcomes that have historically presented significant challenges. Although EMR data collection is perceived to require fewer resources than manual chart review, there are many specific regulatory, privacy, data quality, and technique issues unique to clinical research using EMR data. This article discusses the use of EMRs for observational research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Data Processing
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Humans
  • Information Systems*
  • Informed Consent
  • Medical Record Linkage
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Patients
  • Perioperative Care / instrumentation*
  • Perioperative Care / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Research Design
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States