eRecord-Research Project Update: Building e-Infrastructure for Research

Are you looking for an opportunity to join over 50 of your colleagues to build an ever-better infrastructure for using electronic health information to support biomedical research? The eRecord-Research Project is just such an opportunity. The project follows up on a town hall meeting organized last year by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute to get research community input as to how to take advantage of new capabilities made possible by the eRecord electronic medical record implementation project. About 75 Medical Center faculty and staff attended and brainstormed with representatives of the eRecord Project and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

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The eRecord-Research Project follows up on the town hall meeting. “Three working groups are underway now” said Tom Fogg, eRecord-Research Project Manager. “Each is focused on a different set of issues, namely (1) support for population-based research; (2) privacy and recruitment; and (3) logistics and process issues.” Each working group is co-led by a representative from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a representative from the eRecord Project, and a Medical Center faculty member. Working group members represent many of the Medical Center’s clinical departments and centers, and many of the offices that support biomedical research.

“The more the merrier” said Fogg. “We would love to see every department and center represented.”

The project has as its goal to identify specific approaches to utilizing healthcare information to improve support for biomedical research at URMC. Recommendations will be related to policies, procedures, workflows and system enhancements (Epic as well as other related systems).

Each working group is now in the process of refining its scope. The next step will be for each to do a “gap analysis” to discover where research needs are not now being met. After that, each team will craft preliminary recommendations, and then final recommendations after cross-team discussions. The final step will be vet the proposals with senior Medical Center leadership. Follow-on projects will be commissioned to implement approved recommendations.

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Contact Mary Little, at or at 275-0653


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