Creating Connections: Advances in the Research Use of Electronic Health Records

June 18, 2019 - June 19, 2019

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) are pleased to announce their 2019 conference, "Creating Connections: Advances in the Research Use of Electronic Health Records.” 

Electronic health records (EHRs) are increasingly ubiquitous in health care systems. EHRs can provide new opportunities for research into the effectiveness of medical interventions and offer the promise of supporting discovery science and improved healthcare processes and outcomes. Realizing this potential requires innovative approaches to address limitations on access to information outside health care systems and public perceptions about research use of EHR data.

This conference will bring together key stakeholders including government, researchers, academia, and industry. The conference will address the transformative potential of using electronic health records in biomedical and health sciences research. Presentations and discussion topics include the research potential of EHRs; new technologies for expanding the use of EHRs; innovative tools for the study of health data; and challenges with the public perception in the use of electronic health data in research.  

Speakers will include Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., Director, National Library of Medicine; Roger Mark, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Michele Masucci, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Temple University; Clem McDonald, M.D., Chief Health Data Science Officer, National Library of Medicine; and Katherine Hempstead, Ph.D., Senior Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Tara Mowery and NLM OCPL,, (301) 496-6308, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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