The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in the UK has entered into a partnership with healthcare IT company iSOFT to evaluate new software to extract and anonymise clinical information for research and trials.
The hospital’s clinical systems will coordinate with CliniWorks’s AccelFind software to extract and de-identify information about cancers and other diseases, as well as heart and blood conditions from one million records as part of the project.
The project also aims to collect and structure information on diagnoses, treatments, medications and outcomes into a format, which supports research and clinical trials.
AccelFind software will extract medical data from free text notes, then discharge summaries or the structured data found in electronic medical records.
iSOFT director of life sciences Joerg Kraenzlein said: "Clinical information held by NHS trusts is of huge value in clinical research and offers these trusts a potential income stream. A key goal is to prove that our solution is able to extract a broader range of clinical information than is currently possible and at a fraction of the time and cost.
"Current methods normally involve trawling through records manually, which is time consuming and unreliable as records are often missed or lack relevance."
The University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust recruited 13,464 patients for clinical trials during 2010-11.