The full Auditmaker User Manual is available for download in PDF format. The manual includes instructions for operation and administration of your Auditmaker account, including:
- >Creation and editing of Audits
- >Report generation
- >Audit fulfilment
- >Data export
- >Organisational management
What is Auditmaker?
Auditmaker is a web-based tool that allows clinicians and administrators without any database or IT expertise to create online clinical audits. Normally, if you want to have a web-based clinical audit tool, you need to employ a web developer which can cost thousands of dollars. The problem with clinical audits is that you always need to make changes to the audit, because you never quite know what the practice you are auditing will be. (If you did know you would not need to audit it!) So there is always a need to ask additional questions, put in additional response choices, remove questions, and so on. With a normal online audit, you need to get the web developer back to make these changes, and this can be quite difficult if the work is quite small (such as adding an additional operation or “not applicable” to a list of responses).
With Auditmaker, you have total control over this process. You can make changes to the audit, such as adding or removing questions, all without any expertise in web or database design.
Can I export the data into SPSS?Yes the data can be exported as a CSV (comma separated values) file. This can be read by Excel, SPSS or other statistical packages. It is recommended that you export the data to Excel or similar spread sheet program first, and manipulate it to SPSS or another statistical package if you can do so.
Can Auditmaker be used for research?
Although it has been designed as a clinical audit tool, Auditmaker has been extensively used for research in audits, surveys, reliability assessment between different judges, as well as a generic tool for research data collection.
Auditmaker is particularly useful where you are recording data at different sites, and you want to be able to enter the data straight in without collecting it on paper first. You can also build internal data checking (data validation, missing data flagging, and so on) without any web programming skills.
What is the difference between Auditmaker and other online survey tools?
Online survey tools allow you to create online questions to which you invite users to contribute by giving them a link. Importantly, they ask the user to enter the information once, and they often ask them their opinion—the information is readily at hand.
A clinical audit is different and requires a different type of tool, because all of the information is not always available at the time of data entry. There are often missing documents, changes which need to be made to the potential responses, and information which needs to be checked with others regarding definitions, inclusion/exclusions, and how to categorise and record data. This is because clinical audit is about trying to find out about and understand practice. If the practice was known and predictable so that the perfect audit could be made for it the first time, then it probably does not need auditing.
Auditmaker is designed specifically for clinical audit by organisations, in that it allows:
- >Different users within an organization to have different levels of access.
- >Security protected by a unique username and password, rather than a link which can be found by anyone.
- >An individual user to enter multiple instances of an audit, not just one survey.
- >The ability to leave some audit instances incomplete, flag these, identify potential issues, then go back and complete them later.
Is Auditmaker secure?
The data in Auditmaker is hosted in a secure online hosting facility, and the data is accessible only by a valid username and password. Auditmaker runs on Amazon Web Services, and security is taken very seriously.
In general, a clinical audit should not be collecting patient-identifying data, whether you are using paper, an Excel spreadsheet or storing the data online. You should take care to avoid entering data that identifies patients in your audits. Most clinical audits are structured to deal only with anonymised data. That is, there are no patient-identifying details required by most clinical audits. In the rare circumstance that you want or need to collect patient-identifying data, you need to be fully aware of the security and privacy issues involved, as Auditmaker provides no special facilities to ensure the security of your data.
Is my data backed up?
A complete back up of all of the data is run every night.
As with all data, if you value it, you should have multiple backups, and the software allows you to export backups of your audit, as well as separate backups of your data, and you should perform these yourself regularly.
What are the minimum requirements for using Auditmaker on my machine?
Can I use Auditmaker on my iPad or iPhone?
Definitely. In fact, Auditmaker runs particularly well on an iPad, as the screen lends itself well to using touch to click on choices, and it runs really well on Safari. You just need to have a live Internet connection for it to work.
How much will it cost?
At the moment, Auditmaker offers customised pricing for each organisation. For most organizations so far, the cost has been between $10 and $100 per month. Pricing varies with your organisation's intended usage pattern (including number of users and number of audits), as well as the level of support and training required.
Can I import data I have already collected?
Unfortunately not. Wholesale migration of clinical audit information from existing databases into Auditmaker is complicated, and we don't offer this as a feature at this stage.
Who else can see my data?
If you have paid for support or assistance with audit development, then Auditmaker support staff will obviously need to see your data from time to time. Apart from that, we do not provide access to the data to anyone else.
Is this related to the free Microsoft Access-based Auditmaker?
Yes. After 2,500 downloads in over 30 countries, a consistent complaint was that Microsoft Access does not work well in a network environment, and does readily not support multi-site audits. The all-new web-based Auditmaker solves this problem, and many more.