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  1. Anatole Menon-Johansson
  1. Correspondence to
    Dr Anatole Menon-Johansson, Department of Sexual Health, Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Burrell Street Sexual Health Clinic, 4-5 Burrell Street, LondonSE1 0UN, UK; anatole.menon-johansson{at}gstt.nhs.uk

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Audit is a key quality assurance tool for healthcare services. The audit cycle enables services to measure their performance against recognised standards, devise, and then implement changes to maintain or improve care, and then reaudit to evaluate these interventions.1 One of the most difficult to manage and time consuming aspects of the audit cycle is the measurement of performance. The collection, collation, analysis and then timely reporting are key to maximise the impact of the audit. Traditionally, this work has been done using paper forms with the results transcribed to a spreadsheet for analysis. This approach is dogged by incorrect data entry during completion and transcription, potential data loss from multiple sites and delays during this stage of the audit cycle.

The advent of cloud computing has enabled web forms to be used …

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