Extracting electronic health record data in a practice-based research network

colea.thumbnailThanks to the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHR), there are a growing number of opportunities to conduct research with clinical data from patients outside traditional academic research settings. However, researchers face challenges when working with this data that was created primarily for billing and clinical care purposes.

To help researchers overcome these, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ Data QUEST Coordinating Center, which oversees Data QUEST—a primary care EHR data-sharing infrastructure—created a process that guides EHR data extraction.

Dr. Allison Cole, the Associate Director of the ITHS WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN), and colleagues at ITHS recently described this process in the journal eGEMS.

Read the full ITHS interview here.