Quality Improvement and Practice-Based Research in Neurology Using the EMR
Aims:
 The purpose of the study is to advance quality improvement and practice-based research in neurology using the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The Department of Neurology at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has built into its commercial EMR (called “Epic”) structured clinical documentation support (SCDS) and clinical decision support (CDS) tools that standardize care, write progress notes, and capture ~1,000 discrete and cascading fields of neurological data per office visit. The specific aims of this project are to firstly create a Neurology Practice-Based Research Network (NPBRN) by sharing SCDS and CDS tools for 10 common neurological disorders (brain tumors, epilepsy, migraine, mild cognitive impairment, mild traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, restless legs syndrome and stroke) with seven other Neurology Departments nationwide that also use the Epic EMR platform (eight sites total). Secondly, we will individualize medicine at the point of care by conducting pragmatic trials using subgroup-based adaptive designs, comparing the effectiveness of available treatments for common neurological disorders.
Principal Investigator: Demetrius Maraganore, MD
NorthShore Project Number: EH14-355
Contact: Call 847.503.4334 with questions regarding the study