Opportunities for the use of health information technology to support research

Teresa Zayas-Cabán, Jonathan S Wald
2020 JAMIA Open  
In the last decade, expanding use of health information technology (IT) across the United States has created opportunities for use of electronic health data for health services and biomedical research, but efforts may be hampered by limited data access, data quality, and system functionality. We identify five opportunities to advance the use of health IT for health services and biomedical research, which informed a federal government-led, collaborative effort to develop a relevant policy and
more » ... elopment agenda. In particular, the health IT infrastructure should more effectively support the use of electronic health data for research; provide adaptable technologies; incorporate relevant research-related functionality; support patient and caregiver engagement in research; and support effective integration of knowledge into practice. While not exhaustive, these represent important opportunities that the biomedical and health informatics communities can pursue to better leverage health IT and electronic health data for research.
doi:10.1093/jamiaopen/ooaa037 pmid:34541462 pmcid:PMC7660961 fatcat:zpuumifzjvfn5igypurhq7mkoq