QResearch and QSurveillance

Using anonymised data from EMIS systems, QResearch® and QSurveillance® are two home-grown projects that are helping change and improve the long-term healthcare of people living in the UK.

QResearch® is one of the world’s largest GP research databases. It extracts anonymised patient data from contributing EMIS Web, PCS and LV practices, and includes historical data stretching back more than 20 years.

The not for profit project was set up by EMIS and the University of Nottingham in 2002 with the aim of collecting rich primary care data for medical research projects that test or generate hypotheses, and which lead to new knowledge capable of publication in peer reviewed academic journals.

All research arising from the database is made publicly available for maximum public benefit. This research is directly improving UK patient care and outcomes.

Individual patients can opt out.

QSurveillance® is a near real-time data surveillance system that collects, analyses and reports on data daily from approximately 4,000 contributing EMIS Web, PCS and LV practices, covering a population of more than 24 million patients.

It reports on a range of conditions such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases, vaccine uptake including flu, pneumococcal and MMR, as well as incidents that may have an adverse effect on health, such as the number of respiratory-related illnesses after a chemical fire.

Making a difference

Since starting QResearch and QSurveillance, we have made great strides in helping improve UK medical care. From discovering that Framingham risk scores do not accurately predict in a multicultural Britain and creating a new score that does, to helping reshape the medical landscape for Britain.

Take a look at just some of the ways EMIS patient data is making a difference:

  • the founding of a whole new set of risk calculators to more accurately predict the risk of common illnesses and conditions, including QRisk® for cardiovascular disease and QDScore for Diabetes
  • a NSAID safety study led to changes in national and European policy on NSAID prescribing
  • the identification of new risk groups for flu vaccines, which resulted in better search utilities added to all GP clinical systems by the Department of Health
  • the monitoring, tracking and reporting of epidemics, such as the prevalence of the swine flu outbreak in 2009 for the Health Protection Agency.

For more information on these projects, and how you can get involved, please download an information sheet or visit www.qresearch.org.

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