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Table 2 Steps necessary for remote primary care data collection

From: Lessons learned from Integrated Management Program Advancing Community Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (IMPACT-AF): a pragmatic clinical trial of computerized decision support in primary care

• Abstractor laptop equipped with virtual private network (VPN) software
• Approval by the provincial health information management network with login credentials (form submitted by clinic, approved by the provincial network and the new user created)
• Confirmation on timelines necessary for access to be granted (specific study start and end dates communicated to each provider)
• Access established for each abstractor (a unique user name, password and permissions) at each medical clinic by that clinic’s electronic medical record (EMR) lead
• Coordination with clinics regarding convenient dates/times to access study patients’ charts