A New Research Platform For Electronic Journal Data In Europe

A New Research Platform For Electronic Journal Data In Europe

Faster, safer, better medical research studies. Now the new European Platform for Electronic Patient Data for Clinical Research – EHR4CR – begins to be implemented. Örebro University Hospital is the first in Sweden.

EHR4CR means Electronic Health Records for Clinical Research. It is part of the European Research Project for IMI (Innovative Medicine Initiative) and was a European project that ended in 2016. The aim was to create a European Platform for aggregated and anonymised Electronic Patient Data for Clinical Research. After the end of the project in 2016, a fully developed research platform, InSite, has been developed.

Available in seven countries

During 2016-17, pharmaceutical companies and European hospitals have collaborated to establish a network of hospitals electronic journal data. The data should be used for validation of clinical study design in real-time. Today, the InSite network consists of more than thirty hospitals in seven countries: Belgium, Finland, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Sweden and Germany. The hospitals are linked to the InSite platform and handle a total of more than 25 million electronic patient records in real-time.

In July 2018, Örebro University Hospital became the first Swedish hospital to be linked to the InSite platform.

To be used for patient recruitment

The goal is also in the long run that the InSite platform can be used to recruit patients for ethically approved research studies. Efficiency is also increasing. What will take the industry an average of three months to investigate and validate if there are patients for a study, can now be done in less three days including real-time feedback on the study protocol.

The pharmaceutical companies use InSite to validate study protocols with great success. Unlike a questionnaire-based study validation, the InSite platform enables a data-driven approach. It makes it faster to complete a clinical study with the right criteria. Predictability for the studies is increasing, and it is quicker to find hospitals to recruit patients, thus making it faster to complete research studies according to schedule.

“One step in the right direction,” says Lars Lindsköld, Project Manager at Swelife. Our hope is that we can support other regions and county councils to follow the Örebro initiative, which enables us to better utilize the data sources needed for clinical studies conducted in Sweden.

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