audit trail

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audit trail

A software-tracking system used for data security, which is attached to a file each time it is opened so an operator can identify who and when a file has been accessed.

(1) A sequential printed or electronic record of individual audits, which can be used to assess the successful completion and maintenance of performance improvements.
(2) A permanent record of claims and/or payments stored on the database.

The entire written record of documents, correspondence and reports that document study conduct; a secure, time-stamped record that allows reconstruction of the course of events relating to the creation, modification and deletion of an electronic study record.

Study files, changes to CRFs, drug accountability records.

audit trail

Informatics A software tracking system used for data security, which is attached to a file each time it is opened so an operator can identify who and when a file has been accessed. See Internal audit.

doc·u·men·ta·tion trail

(dok'yū-mĕn-ta'shŭn trāl)
A detailed sequential record of events pertaining to a particular matter; used as a risk management technique.
Synonym(s): audit trail.


a well-defined information pathway that leads from data point to data point and sequentially from analysis to conclusion.

audit trail
as for accounting trail but designed for audit purposes.
diagnostic trail
a diagnostic decision tree.
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With this as the starting point, a series of essential criteria for a robust and flexible audit trail system was developed.
The third and fourth criteria are essentially technical requirements that speak to the need to develop a robust yet generic approach to audit trail systems.
An audit trail system that seeks to address each of the previous criteria was designed.
The audit trail system is built around a library of functions that read and write individual records of user activities to a master record (the audit trail) within the target ETE.
Administrative--functions for creating and managing the audit trail.
Object--functions for creating and managing individual object records within the audit trail.
History--a single function for creating and managing a detailed history entry within the audit trail that records the timing and sequence of user activities.
A newly created audit trail includes the target ETE's name and the audit trail's creation time and date.
An import function can be used to populate the audit trail with data created and saved during previous sessions.
Service functions are used to process data within the audit trail.
Export functions are used to process (parse) the audit trail and export the resulting data.
IN ADDITION, USERS can apply audit trails to determine whether inadvertent or unauthorized changes have occurred.