From wearables to electronic medical records, data on health and health care has myriad sources and uses. AcademyHealth programs and the community of health services researchers are looking at evidence on how to evaluate and use data from a wide variety of sources.
Standardization of maternal health data in electronic health records (EHR) will help researchers examine factors that impact health outcomes from pre-pregnancy to postpartum care and beyond. A new article in Healthcare IT News outlines a collaborative approach that led to the development of an implementation guide to support mapping maternal health data across clinical areas and use cases.
Health data and research ethicist, Dr. Camille Nebeker, reviews existing and emerging ethical considerations for health research using new data and methods, and uses an original framework to analyze several case examples – that demonstrate the relationships between domains of research and key ethical principles.
The severity and the complexity of the opioid crisis require research that is both patient-centered and supported by robust data infrastructure. Several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects are working across agencies to build the nation’s capacity for exactly this kind of research.
Findings from AcademyHealth members' work reveal that a substantial amount of the variation was related to differences within individual hospitals and not explained by factors such as severity of illness, length of stay, or patients’ age.