2021 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting Breakout Session

A majority of US healthcare systems have implemented electronic health records (EHRs). They hold great promise for clinical researchers who can tap a wealth of information about patients and their conditions. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, EHRs have been collecting information about diagnoses and outcomes. The records also provide valuable data on comorbid medical conditions and how they raise the risks of COVID-19 complications. Additionally, accumulating evidence indicates that demographic characteristics such as race and ethnicity correlate with COVID-19-related adverse outcomes. This panel will draw on the expertise of PCORI-funded research investigators and external stakeholders to discuss how EHRs reflect the effects of comorbidities, treatment strategies, and patient characteristics on COVID-19 outcomes and the challenges and opportunities of leveraging EHRs to improve COVID-19-related outcomes research.

Participants (Moderators and Discussants)

Kevin Haynes
Janssen Research & Development

Theresa Kim
Program Officer, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Greg Merritt
Patient Is Partner, LLC

Liz Salmi
Senior Research Dissemination Strategist, OpenNotes, Department of General Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Alexander Turchin
Director of Informatics Research, Division of Endocrinology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Prof. of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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