This one-hour session with members of the Research Community on Low-Value Care focused on the potential for using data from electronic health records (EHRs) for low-value care research. Speakers included Dr. Philip Payne (Washington University in St. Louis) and Dr. Daniella Meeker (University of Southern California). EHR platforms provide an exciting basis for conducting large-scale and pragmatic research across a range of application areas, and speakers will explore how electronic health data can be leveraged to advance research in low-value care.

Dr. Payne discussed practical considerations for using EHR-derived data, including critical factors that influence its quality, completeness, and “fitness for analysis.” Dr. Meeker presented on the use of EHR data in research on low-value care within the context of emergency medicine, exploring how decision fatigue impacts the quality and value of care delivery, with an emphasis on disparities in care delivery across patients of varying socio-economic status. 

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