The Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) system has been developed for use by the NIHR Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Unit (BRC and BRU) at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.
CRIS provides authorised researchers with regulated access to a wide range of pseudonymised information extracted from the SLaM electronic clinical records system. The CRIS system is now being deployed to four additional Trusts under the D-CRIS programme to significantly extend this research capability.
Both CRIS and D-CRIS, funded by NIHR, offer great opportunities for partnership with healthcare and industry.
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The CLINICAL RECORD INTERACTIVE SEARCH system enables researchers to safely and securly review real life situation using information from the Trust's clinical records. This means it is easier to see patterns and trends - e.g. what treatments work for some and don't work for others.
CRIS has been specially developed to not reveal patient details to Trust researchers. The NIHR believes CRIS can make a real and positive difference to future treaments and care, for an unlimited range of conditions.
What sort of research will CRIS help with?
CRIS has been used by researchers looking to understand:
How are patient details protected?
Applications to access CRIS and the analyses carried out using CRIS are closely reviewed monitored and audited by a CRIS Oversight Committee, which carries representation from the SLaM Caldicott Guardian and is chaired by a service user. The Committee ensures all applications comply with ethical and legal guidelines.
CRIS was developed with extensive service user involvement and adheres to strict governance frameworks. It has passed a robust ethics approval process acutely attentive to the use of patient data. The data is used in an entirely pseudonymised and data-secure format. All patients have the choice to opt-out.
The participating NHS Trusts are Camden and Islington, Oxford Health, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West London Mental Health and South London and Maudsley.
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