COVID-19 Electronic Registry Systems in Iran: A Review

Document Type : Review Article

Authors

1 Emergency Medicine Department, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Emergency Medicine Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Department of Civil Engineering, Yazd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Yazd, Iran

4 School of Medicine, Yazd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Yazd, Iran

5 Gomel State Medical University, Gomel, Belarus

Abstract

Introduction: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran, several electronic registration systems have been created to record the data of infected patients. This narrative review aimed to investigate the articles that described the COVID-19 electronic registry systems designed and implemented in Iran.
Methods: In this review, four electronic databases [Medline (accessed from PubMed), Scopus, Science Direct, and Web of Science] were searched till June 22, 2020, using specific MeSH terms and related keywords in English language. Considering the titles and abstracts, unrelated studies were excluded. The full texts of the remained studies were evaluated by authors, independently. Then, their findings were assessed and reported.
Results: Finally, four articles were enrolled, introducing four COVID-19 registries. These registries were designed and launched by Isfahan, Shiraz, Tehran, and Ilam Universities of Medical Sciences. They were different in design, the used algorithms for patients’ management, recorded data, and methods of quality assurance.
Conclusion: Considering the differences between various registry systems designed for COVID-19 in Iran, it is recommended to develop a single web-based registry system by the Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education to register and follow up the patients with COVID-19.

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