The Electronic Health Record for Translational Research

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12265-014-9579-z

Cite this article as:
Rasmussen, L.V. J. of Cardiovasc. Trans. Res. (2014) 7: 607. doi:10.1007/s12265-014-9579-z

Abstract

With growing adoption and use, the electronic health record (EHR) represents a rich source of clinical data that also offers many benefits for secondary use in biomedical research. Such benefits include access to a more comprehensive medical history, cost reductions, and increased efficiency in conducting research, as well as opportunities to evaluate new and expanded populations for sufficient statistical power. Existing work utilizing EHR data has uncovered some complexities and considerations for their use but, more importantly, has also generated practical lessons and solutions. Given an understanding of EHR data use in cardiovascular research, expanded adoption of this data source offers great potential to further transform the research landscape.

Keywords

Electronic health records Biomedical research Cohort identification Phenotyping Cardiovascular diseases 

Abbreviations

CPT

Current procedural terminology

EHR

Electronic health record

eMERGE

Electronic Medical Records and Genomics

GWAS

Genome-wide association study

ICD

International Classification of Diseases

NLP

Natural language processing

QDM

Quality Data Model

SHARP

Strategic Health IT Research Program

SVM

Support vector machine

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA