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Are Retrospective Patient Chart Audits an Affordable and Reliable Answer to Healthcare Data Needs? Assessing the Ground Reality

Volume 7 - Issue 2

Uttam Barick*1, Anto Vijaykanth1, Hitesh Bharucha1, Arun Gowda1, Anand Patil1, Stefan Bosbach2 and Behsad Zomorodi2

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    • 1phamax Analytic Resources, India
    • 2phamax AG, Switzerland

    *Corresponding author: Uttam Barick, phamax Analytic Resources Pvt. Ltd. #19, KMJ Ascend, 1st Cross, 17th C Main, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore, India

Received: July 12, 2018;   Published: July 25, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.07.001476

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Medical records at various institutes and hospitals are unrecognized and not utilized to the fullest in spite of their relevance in identifying crucial information on patient and disease management. If this medical data is appropriately channelized by outcome driven analysis plans like retrospective chart audits, the results will certainly provide insights for many unanswered medical queries. Retrospective chart audits are the scientific and systematic review of existing medical records suited for the quality assessments of patients with lifestyle disorders (like Obesity, Diabetes, etc.), specifically in epidemiology research. They also assist researchers to understand the safety profile of certain classes of drugs (e.g. Psychiatry and CNS disorders). This article offers an overview on the applications and the business insights derived from retrospective chart audits whereby assessing the reality of implementing this methodology in terms of standard clinical research and regulatory requirements.

Keywords: Retrospective Patient Chart Audit; Electronic Medical Records; Real World Evidence; Healthcare Data

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