Session Chair: Neal Goldstein, Drexel University
Increasingly data mined from the electronic health record (EHR) are being used in epidemiological research. But more data does not equate to better quality research. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of working with EHRs and designing valid epidemiological analyses. The workshop will be a mix of didactic lecture and interactive group exercises. Participants are requested to provide planned or active research questions in advance, as these will form the basis of breakout group exercises.
Lecture topics will include:
1. Designing and analyzing epidemiological studies using EHR data for both inpatient and outpatient settings.
2. Obtaining data from the EHR, including data export, linkage, and variable manipulation (e.g. parsing data from free text).
3. Architecture of the EHR and terminology/data standards.
4. Understanding the clinical population and how this relates to a target/general population.
5. Common pitfalls in working with EHR data and resources for additional reference.
Audience: Researchers interested in EHR data, including proposed and active research projects; students and trainees to seasoned investigators welcome.