The reuse of electronic health record data for research is promising, but its quality is not yet standardized enough to be useful, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
The researchers, from Columbia University, studied 230 articles that used EHR data in conducting research, checking for elements such as completeness and correctness to determine the quality of the data used in the research.
The researchers found that the studies used different approaches to assess the quality of the data, as well as different terminology for data quality.
They concluded that while EHRs provide easier access to aggregated data and would reduce costs and ineffectiveness in conducting research, the secondary use of the EHR data for research is not yet suitable because of the inconsistencies in the data and its evaluation.
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