How much can we trust electronic health record data?

Samuel T. Savitz, Lucy A. Savitz, Neil S. Fleming, Nilay D. Shah, Alan S. Go

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Trust in EHR data is becoming increasingly important as a greater share of clinical and health services research use EHR data. We discuss reasons for distrust and acknowledge limitations. Researchers continue to use EHR data because of strengths including greater clinical detail than sources like administrative billing claims. Further, many limitations are addressable with existing methods including data quality checks and common data frameworks. We discuss how to build greater trust in the use of EHR data for research, including additional transparency and research priority areas that will both enhance existing strengths of the EHR and mitigate its limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100444
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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