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eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), a product of the Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum, is an open access journal focused on using electronic health data to advance research and quality improvement, with the overall goal of improving patient and community outcomes.

The Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Grant 1U18HS022789-01. eGEMs publications do not reflect the official views of AHRQ or the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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Data Governance and Data Sharing Agreements for Community-Wide Health Information Exchange: Lessons from the Beacon Communities
Claudia Allen, Terrisca R. Des Jardins, Arvela Heider, Kristin A. Lyman, Lee McWilliams, Alison L. Rein, Abigail A. Schachter, Ranjit Singh, Barbara Sorondo, Joan Topper, and Scott A. Turske


Data Warehouse Governance Programs in Healthcare Settings: A Literature Review and a Call to Action
Thomas E. Elliott, John H. Holmes, Arthur J. Davidson, Pierre-Andre La Chance, Andrew F. Nelson, and John F. Steiner



The HMO Research Network Virtual Data Warehouse: A Public Data Model to Support Collaboration
Tyler R. Ross MA, Daniel Ng MBA, Jeffrey S. Brown PhD, Roy Pardee JD MA, Mark C. Hornbrook PhD, Gene Hart MS, and John F. Steiner MD MPH


Preparing Electronic Clinical Data for Quality Improvement and Comparative Effectiveness Research: The SCOAP CERTAIN Automation and Validation Project
Emily Beth Devine, Daniel Capurro, Erik van Eaton, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, Allison Devlin, N David Yanez, Meliha Yetisgen-Yildiz, David R. Flum, Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, and CERTAIN Collaborative


Recommendations for the Use of Operational Electronic Health Record Data in Comparative Effectiveness Research
William R. Hersh, James Cimino, Philip R.O. Payne, Peter Embi, Judith Logan, Mark Weiner, Elmer V. Bernstam, Harold Lehmann, George Hripcsak, Timothy Hartzog, and Joel Saltz


Advances in Patient Reported Outcomes: The NIH PROMIS Measures
Joan E. Broderick Ph.D.; Esi Morgan DeWitt M.D., M.S.C.E; Nan Rothrock PhD; Paul K. Crane M.D., M.P.H; and Christopher B. Forrest M.D., Ph.D.

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A Case Study of Pediatric Asthma Alerts from the Beacon Community Program in Cincinnati: Technology is Just the First Step
Tara Trudnak, Mona Monsour, Keith Mandel, Hadley Sauers, Gerry Pandzik, Carl Donisi, and Gerry Fairbrother


Applications of Electronic Health Information in Public Health: Uses, Opportunities and Barriers
Alan Tomines, Heather Readhead, Adam Readhead, and Steven Teutsch



How the Provenance of Electronic Health Record Data Matters for Research: A Case Example Using System Mapping
Karin E. Johnson, Aruna Kamineni, Sharon Fuller, Danielle Olmstead, and Karen J. Wernli


Using Multifactorial Experiments For Comparative Effectiveness Research in Physician Practices with Electronic Health Records
Jelena Zurovac Ph.D, M.S.; Lorenzo Moreno Ph.D., M.Sc.; Jesse Crosson Ph.D.; Randall Brown Ph.D.; and Robert Schmitz Ph.D.