Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – May 2011
Help Identify Patient-Reported Measures for Electronic Health Records
When: May 2, 2011, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Institute: Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
Recent legislation has placed new emphasis on the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Although this is an important advance, current EHRs don't capture data reflecting crucial health behaviors and psychosocial issues—which are both health outcomes themselves and major determinants of other health outcomes. Capturing a core set of standard patient-reported variables in EHRs would lead to unprecedented data harmonization and opportunities for improving patient care and health research.
To address this issue, several NIH institutes and offices have teamed up with the Society for Behavioral Medicine to evaluate and recommend patient-reported measures of health behaviors and psychosocial factors for use in adult primary care and public health EHRs. This May, scientists, practitioners, policy makers, and patient representatives will come together for a workshop to make recommendations on elements that should be included in EHRs. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this free workshop.