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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 12 Aug 2021


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Making better use of your medical records for care, teaching and quality improvement

On-demand recorded 12 Aug 2021

Many of us have been religiously documenting information about our patients and our practice in our electronic medical records (EMRs) for a long time.

As GPs we pride ourselves on the quality, continuity and integration of care that we provide directly and through our referral networks. How have we been using this information to deliver and monitor this general practice care? Can we make better use of our EMRs to improve our clinical and managerial decisions in the context of quality improvement? Can our EMRs support continuity of care in the context of chronic disease and the sequelae of COVID, the “long COVID”? Can we share our individual data/information to build and sustain the theoretical foundations and pragmatics of general practice as a profession and discipline? Can this shared information be used to guide national policies for general practice?

This webinar will explore the benefits of better data and limitations of our EMRs in achieving these goals. We will explore possible solutions in an interactive panel session.  

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify the benefits of better data quality and use of our electronic medical record systems to better guide clinical and managerial decisions in practice
  2. Identify the benefits of better data quality and use of our electronic medical record systems to better guide registrars and supervisors to reflect on their data to improve clinical practice
  3. Identify the benefits of better data quality and use of our electronic medical record systems to generate better research, evidence and policies for general practice
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event is part of GP research webinar series 2020-2022. Events in this series are:


Dr Rob Hosking

Dr Rob Hosking has been interested in eHealth since commencing practice in Bacchus Marsh in Victoria in 1990. He gained his Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics from Monash University in 2000. Rob has worked on a number of eHealth related committees at NPS Medicinewise and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Rob has been involved with the RACGP eHealth committee since 2008 and is currently the Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology and Management.

Professor Parker Magin

Parker Magin is Director of the GP Synergy NSW & ACT Research and Evaluation Unit and Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle. He is the Chief Investigator of the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project. He was a GP for 30 years and a Medical Educator for 10 years. He is a Section Editor of the British Journal of Dermatology and Associate Editor of Family Practice. He has been an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholar (2003-2006), member of the 2007-2010 cohort of the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme, member of the RACGP Expert Committee - Research (2008-2018), and undertook a AAAPC Travelling Fellowship (2013) in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. His main educational research interests are in the in-consultation clinical and educational experiences of GP registrars, other aspects of GP vocational training including the nexus of formative and summative assessment, and the translation of research findings to education and training practice. His main current clinical research interests are TIA and stroke, and medicines use in older patients. Previous research has included studies of the psychological associations of skin disease and of occupational violence in general practice.

Emeritus Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw
Emeritus Professor of General Practice and Informatics UNSW Sydney

Emeritus Professor Liaw is an internationally recognised practising clinician, informatician, educator and researcher. He chairs the RACGP National Research & Evaluation Ethics Committee (2009-current) and is Associate Editor of International Journal of Medical Informatics and BMJ Health & Care Informatics. He heads the WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth. Professor Liaw’s digital health research covers global eHealth, optimising the use of real-world data from electronic health records, and implementation and evaluation of digital health, especially mHealth, tools in clinical and managerial practice. He has won in excess of $20M research grants, with $5M as lead investigator. His international collaborative research is focused on the quality and interoperability of EHR data and their fitness for decision support, patient care, quality improvement and research. His vision is for general practice to contribute data as an integral part of the national research enterprise across primary and secondary care.


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