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Vanderbilt, Records Company Partner on Clinical Data Network

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21 February 2014. Greenway Medical Technologies in Carrollton, Georgia and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville are creating a clinical records data network to cover the mid-South region in the U.S.  Greenway is a developer of electronic medical and health records. The 18-month project, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), has a requested budget of about $7 million.

The mid-South covers the state of Tennessee and all or parts of surrounding states. The American South, according to PCORI, has among the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and significant rates of health disparities. The new clinical data network will provide a standardized collection of de-identified health records for studies of comparative health outcomes, designed for decisions on cost-effective medical practices.

The mid-South network is one of 11 regional collaborations funded by PCORI to provide repositories of clinical data for comparative effectiveness research. PCORI is a not-for-profit organization, created by the Affordable Care Act to conduct research providing evidence for patients and health care providers to make more informed decisions about prevention, treatment, and care options, and the science behind those options.

In the mid-South partnership, both Greenway and Vanderbilt bring to the table their experience in electronic medical and health records. Greenway offers a suite of electronic health records integrated with medical practice management systems to cover electronic patient charts, registration, scheduling, revenue management, and reporting. Vanderbilt built its own electronic health records system that includes inpatient and outpatient clinical and administrative data, and is designed to interoperate with other health information technologies.

The collaboration is expected to yield a database of 30 million electronic health records, with data on 24 million patients provided by Greenway and the remainder offered by the Vanderbilt health system and its affiliated provider network. That affiliated network covers 32 hospitals serving some 3 million patients.

The mid-South database expects to include genetic and biologic data, clinical data, claims data, birth and death certificate data, and patient reported data. From the database, the system expects to establish separate data collections for studies on sickle cell disease, coronary heart disease, and obesity. Vanderbilt and Greenway also plan to establish advisory boards and hold listening sessions with citizens to discover patient needs and establish priorities.

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