The Electronic Medical Record – What is it Good For?
Most large cohort studies supported by NHLBI have recruited participants from communities. Over recent decades, we have seen increasing use of large health plans to assemble cohorts with data collection based on electronic medical records (EMRs). In what settings can data obtained in this way substitute for the more precise phenotyping characteristic of the traditional cohort study? What types of research questions can be better explored in electronic medical records and what types better explored in population-based cohort studies?
We welcome comments on the wise use and pitfalls of EMRs for epidemiologic research.
Posted by the Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI