De-identified data is extracted from the clinical information systems that participating general practices use to manage patient records and write prescriptions. Data include information entered directly by GPs and practice staff as well as system-generated data such as the time and date that records are accessed.
A whole-of-practice retrospective data collection is conducted when a practice joins MedicineInsight. Subsequent extractions take incremental data, enabling the development of a longitudinal database in which de-identified patients within practices can be tracked over time.
Publication: Doreen Busingye, Christopher Gianacas, Allan Pollack, Kendal Chidwick, Alistair Merrifield, Sarah Norman, Bernie Mullin, Rachel Hayhurst, Suzanne Blogg, Alys Havard, Nigel Stocks, Data Resource Profile: MedicineInsight, an Australian national primary health care database, International Journal of Epidemiology