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Editor’s E-Note

Electronic medical records (EMRs) are hardly perfect, but innovative leaders continue to think of new ways to use the mountains of data culled from its repositories.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, learn about a medical center that tapped into the wealth of information contained in its EMR to conduct invaluable research projects.

— Lee DeOrio, editor

E-News Exclusive

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“Deidentified” EMRs Transformed Into Population Studies — in Minutes

Clinical research studies at Montefiore Medical Center used to take months, required a committee of physicians and data experts, and involved an elaborate research review process. Now, many of these studies are performed by a single clinician in a matter of minutes using “deidentified” patient electronic medical records (EMRs) and software called Clinical Looking Glass (CLG).


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Industry Insight

EHNAC and WEDI Collaborate to Develop Financial Services White Paper

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a nonprofit standards development organization and accrediting body, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a nonprofit healthcare association, have announced a collaboration to address the current state of health data protection needs within the financial services industry and in context with the current regulatory federal legislation.
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