Data System Based on LogicNets Increases Efficiency in HIV Monitoring
On Monday, February 5, 2018, the Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM, the Dutch HIV monitoring foundation) implemented a new smart data entry and storage system. SHM developed DataCapTree with the LogicNets Medical Decision Framework, ICT Group’s decision support solution.
DataCapTree collects pseudonymized medical data of people with HIV, which are used by the foundation to monitor the course of the disease and the efficacy of the HIV treatment. SHM’s annual ‘Monitoring Report’ may prompt NVHB (Nederlandse Vereniging van hiv Behandelaren [Dutch Association of HIV-treating physicians]) to change their treatment guidelines. SHM Deputy Director Sima Zaheri is pleased with the new system: ‘The new system facilitates improved data quality, which, in turn, helps us improve our monitoring performance. We intend to use this tool to further strengthen our commitment to better care for people with HIV.’
‘We have a predefined protocol in place to guide SHM data collection staff through the data entry process. In our old system, our data collection team performed these tasks based on steps they had memorized. This dependency on their memory made the system prone to differences in interpretation and errors, resulting in time-consuming quality checks,’ says Sima Zaheri, explaining the difference between the old and the new system. ‘Our new LogicNets-based system provides our data collection staff with smart support, guiding them through a structured process. It also signals incomplete or erroneous input values, offering support every step of the way.’
Following extensive market analysis, SHM selected ICT Group’s LogicNets solution in May 2016. The deciding factors were the protocols’ modularity, the system’s decision support, integration options with other software, and flexibility. Zaheri: ‘We didn’t want to have to change systems too frequently. Our foundation is small compared to the significant costs such changes often involve. With DataCapTree we are prepared for the future.’ Our focus for the next six months will be on further implementing and fine-tuning the system. SHM’s long-term goal is to explore the world of automated data entry.
Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM) makes an essential contribution to healthcare for HIV-positive people in the Netherlands. Working with all HIV treatment centers in the Netherlands, SHM systematically collects coded medical data from all registered HIV patients. SHM uses these data to produce center-specific reports that allow HIV treatment centers to optimize their patient care and obtain formal certification. SHM’s data also form the basis for the yearly HIV monitoring report and are used in HIV-related research in the Netherlands and internationally. The outcome of SHM’s research provides tangible input into HIV care and prevention polices in the Netherlands.For further information about SHM, please visit their website: http://www.hiv-monitoring.nl/english/
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