The application of medical informatics to the veterinary management programs at companion animal practices in Alberta, Canada: a case study.

Anholt, R M; Berezowski, John Andrew; Maclean, K; Russell, M L; Jamal, I; Stephen, C (2014). The application of medical informatics to the veterinary management programs at companion animal practices in Alberta, Canada: a case study. Preventive veterinary medicine, 113(2), pp. 165-174. Elsevier 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.11.005

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Companion animals closely share their domestic environment with people and have the potential to, act as sources of zoonotic diseases. They also have the potential to be sentinels of infectious and noninfectious, diseases. With the exception of rabies, there has been minimal ongoing surveillance of, companion animals in Canada. We developed customized data extraction software, the University of, Calgary Data Extraction Program (UCDEP), to automatically extract and warehouse the electronic, medical records (EMR) from participating private veterinary practices to make them available for, disease surveillance and knowledge creation for evidence-based practice. It was not possible to build, generic data extraction software; the UCDEP required customization to meet the specific software, capabilities of the veterinary practices. The UCDEP, tailored to the participating veterinary practices', management software, was capable of extracting data from the EMR with greater than 99%, completeness and accuracy. The experiences of the people developing and using the UCDEP and the, quality of the extracted data were evaluated. The electronic medical record data stored in the data, warehouse may be a valuable resource for surveillance and evidence-based medical research.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Berezowski, John Andrew

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0167-5877

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Susanne Agnes Lerch

Date Deposited:

24 Mar 2015 14:21

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2015 09:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.11.005

PubMed ID:

24299904

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Companion animals, Data extraction, Data quality, Electronic medical record, Informatics, Surveillance

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65560

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65560

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