Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS)
The Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) system has been developed for use by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Biomedical Research Unit 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.
It enables researchers to safely and securely review real life scenarios using information from the Trust's clinical records. This means it is easier to see patterns and trends, such as which treatments work for some and don't work for others.
The system has been deployed to additional Trusts under the Dementia CRIS programme to significantly extend this research capability.
Both CRIS and D-CRIS offer great opportunities for partnership with healthcare and industry by unlocking and transforming clinical data held in NHS Trust systems. Authorised researchers can swiftly investigate hypotheses and identify patient cohorts through rapid, indexed access and searching of unstructured, freeform clinical data.
CRIS is also an invaluable tool for service evaluation and clinical audit.
CRIS supports industry sponsored collaborations, reducing the time researchers need to spend on feasibility studies, which allows for faster and easier identification of viable studies so that R&D funding can be targeted more effectively, ultimately leading to earlier improvements in patient care.