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Tech Challenges in Using Clinical Data for Research Focus of Lecture at Library on April 20th

April 2, 2017

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On Thursday, April 20th, the library will host a lecture by Michael Bernauer, PharmD, our current Biomedical Informatics Fellow. His lecture, titled “Using Clinical Data for Research: Technological Challenges,” is part of the library's Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series (BioMISS).

In recent years, we have seen an extraordinary increase in the availability of patient-level health data. This is due, in part, to the increasing prevalence of Health IT and electronic health records (EHRs) in the clinical setting, as well as emerging wearable technologies that allow collection of patient-generated health data on a scale we’ve never seen.

Research using EHRs often involves the secondary analysis of health records that were collected for clinical and billing (non-study) purposes. As a result, these data can have many quality and control issues that must be addressed prior to analysis. In this presentation, Michael will discuss issues that can arise when attempting to use clinical data for research. He also will discuss secondary use of clinical data and associated challenges, provide an overview of existing clinical databases (e.g., MIMIC, PCORnet, Open NHS) and review some of types of bias that may be present in clinical data.

Michael’s talk will be held in room 228 of the library from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.