The Electronic Health Records Research Unit facilitates investigations which draw on large clinical databases.

The Electronic Health Records Research Unit’s overall goal is facilitating investigations drawing on large clinical databases, most notably large-scale electronic health records (EHR). These studies run the gamut from pharmacovigilance and epidemiologic studies to small proof-of-concept or targeted biobanking efforts.

Specific services offered by the EHR Research Unit include:

  1. Consultation with investigators to plan and refine investigations making use of large clinical datasets;
  2. Assistance in preparation of materials describing investigations of large clinical data sets for submission to IRB or other regulatory review;
  3. Assistance in generating descriptions of methods for incorporation in funding applications;
  4. Assistance in generating pilot data to motivate funding applications, and for incorporation in publications;
  5. Development of tools to allow researchers to address questions which would otherwise be difficult to study in large data sets;
  6. Assistance in accessing appropriate large data sets and integration of multiple data sets – for example, use of birth and death certificate data;
  7. Assistance in development of decision support tools which make use of results derived from large clinical data sets.

EHR consultations provide support for investigators who are considering studies making use of electronic health records data and provide assistance with study design, research proposal preparation and generation of preliminary data to support such proposals, linkage with other clinical datasets, and identification of potential co-investigators and collaborators.