Health records are classified as primary or secondary records. Why is this the case? Then, relate this to the clinical data in a patient’s chart. What is the correlation? Give an example of each. Operation Management

You can classify health records as either primary or second-level records. What is the reason for this classification? Then, relate this to the clinical data in a patient’s chart. How does this relate? Please give an example.  


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Primary sources include information created for the registry. Primary data sources are those records that were created specifically for registry use. The registry sets the methods for data collection and evaluation. Primary data collection can improve the reliability, accuracy and thoroughness of the data (Gliklich, et al. 2017). The data is collected prospectively at all registry locations. Patients follow the exact same process and data format. This allows for careful oversight and planning by protocol. The data can be easily integrated for analytics and monitoring. Primary data sources are much more easily examined through automated inspections or follow-up queries from a data base than many secondary data sources, as the data is put and  can be tracked back to the person who collected them. The term secondary data refers to information not collected specifically for the registry, but that still has relevance (e.g. from routine medical care or claims processing). Linking two registries means that data originally collected for primary purposes for one registry is now secondary data for another. It may be possible to retrieve and use such data if the electronic form is available, depending on the circumstance. Cont…



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