Health Information Standards and Discovery

Clinical Data Entry Tools

Research Area: Health Information Standards and Discovery

Researchers: Clem McDonald

Clinical Data Entry Tools project iconThe goal of this project is to develop a tool that can generate data entry forms dynamically based on specifications stored in a database. The development platform is Ruby on Rails, an open-source web application framework. Developers are using this tool in the data capture function of personal health records. They are also using several terminology resources from the UMLS (e.g. RxNORM, ICD9-CM) in data entry fields that require a set of controlled terms. Further development will involve work with very large databases of de-identified patient data. The goal is to create additional reusable software tools, some of which will involve biostatistical analysis with the "R" package.