PowerTrials expected to increase research efficiency

PowerTrials will integrate electronic medical records with clinical trials in order to better identify potential patients and track data.

Georgia Health Sciences recently implemented the new clinical research module for electronic medical records. PowerTrials, a companion to PowerChart, went live Jan. 17.

“We expect this system to increase efficiency for our researchers, as well as raise the quality of care for patients who participate in studies,” said Dr. Anthony Mulloy, Senior Associate Vice President for Clinical Research Administration.

When implementation is complete, clinicians will be able to see that a patient is on a study, know who to contact and have the ability to read a study summary so they will know how best to treat the patient, especially in an emergent situation.

Because it is integrated with the electronic medical records, it will also give research staff the ability to pre-screen GHSU patients who may have given approval to be notified of any studies for which they may qualify. It will enhance the institution’s ability to attract new research and to manage current studies.

Phase one of the PowerTrials implementation is complete. But PowerTrials will continue integration with our current systems.

PowerTrials implementation schedule

• Jan. 17 – The “clinical study” field on the patient banner in PowerChart will indicate whether a patient is in a study. A study summary and study contact information will be available when clicking on this field.
• Feb. 15 – The “clinical study” tab will be added to the menu section of the patient chart. This tab will contain the signed study Informed Consent Document(s) and other study documents.
• Sept. 1 – Research staff will have the ability to pre-screen all GHS Health System patients who have agreed to be notified of studies for which they may be eligible.

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