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Activity Number: 229 - Health Policy Statistics Section P.M. Roundtable Discussion
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 : 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sponsor: Health Policy Statistics Section
Abstract #312428
Title: Using EHR in Population Health: Generating Estimates with Incomplete Coverage
Author(s): Erin Tanenbaum*
Companies: NORC at the University of Chicago
Keywords: EHR; administrative records; coverage; population health; coverage

Electronic health records (EHRs) are a valued resource for improving population health research. Yet, for all of the benefits EHRs provide, limitations still exist. As administrative records, EHRs were developed to track an individual’s care and health, not a population’s. In 2013, Friedman, et. al wrote, although the potential contributions population health are substantial, improved techniques are needed for generating valid estimates with incomplete coverage. Seven years later, let’s reopen the discussion. In our roundtable, we will first outline recent accomplishments and known population health research projects on the horizon. Next, we will categorize those projects based on their objective (e.g. program evaluation, surveillance, complimenting another primary database, etc.). Then we will outline commonly used methods to overcome coverage challenges and discuss research into new statistical methods. Our discussion will conclude by recommending a set of state of the art practices to overcome coverage challenges in EHRs.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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