Novel approach to utilizing electronic health records for dermatologic research: Developing a multi-institutional federated data network for clinical and translational research in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

April W. Armstrong, Shalini B. Reddy, Amit Garg

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The implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in the United States has created new opportunities for research using automated data extraction methods. A large amount of information from the EHR can be utilized for clinical and translational research. To date, a number of institutions have the capability of extracting clinical data from EHR to create local repositories of de-identified data amenable to research queries through the Informatics for Integrated Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) platform. Collaborations among institutions sharing a common i2b2 platform hold exciting opportunities for research in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. With the automated extraction of patient-level data from multiple institutions, this novel informatics network has the ability to address high-priority research questions. With commitment to high-quality data through applied algorithms for cohort identification and validation of outcomes, the creation of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Integrated Research Data Network (PIONEER) will make a significant contribution to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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