electronic Health Records in Research (eHRR) Seminar Series

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This series is currently on hold. Check back here for updates!


The increased use of electronic Health Records (eHR) in clinical settings is enabling the development of new methodologies in health research. In many institutions across the world, rich clinical data is now extracted from eHRs, anonymized, and made available to the research community for epidemiologic, quality improvement, surveillance, or other studies. 

The eHRR Seminar Series is accredited as a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

If you have any feedback, comments, or suggestions, please email eportales-casamar@cfri.ca.


In the current Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) context leading to eHR implementation across Vancouver lower mainland, we believe it is important for researchers, clinicians, and administrators to understand the opportunities and challenges in using eHRs for research.  The Child and Family Research Institute, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Providence Health Care Research Institute, are in the midst of these changes and partnering to organize this “electronic Health Records in Research” seminar series that will showcase real examples from leaders in the field, focusing both on the methodology and the vision forward. The target audience includes Vancouver health and population research leaders and trainees as well as clinical data managers and analysts from the CST Health Authorities.


The seminar series will feature monthly seminars on the last Thursday of the month, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., with location alternating between organizing health research centres. 

Upcoming Seminar Dates

Date   Host   Speaker   Title
April 28, 2016   VCHRI 
   TBA   TBA 
May 26, 2016   CFRI
   TBA   TBA


Past seminars

Title           Speaker           Date
Generating practice based evidence from electronic medical records
          Dr. Nigam H. Shah           February 25, 2016
"The promised potential of useable data from electronic medical records: lessons from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network"           Dr. Sabrina Wong             January 21, 2016
"Connecting Two Different Universes: Challenges of Sharing Data between eHR and e-Mental Health Systems"           Dr. Alireza Kazemi           November 27, 2015
"Finding Big Data in (not from) Small Places"           Dr. William Clifford           October 29, 2015
"Electronic Notes in EHRs: Ten Lessons from a Decade of Experience at the University of Washington"           Dr. Thomas Payne           September 25, 2015
"Approaches to Incentivize Linking Electronic Health Records to Registries: Lessons from US Clinical Registries"
          Dr. Nick Bansback           June 25, 2015
 "Using eHR Data in Research:
 Are there devils in those details?"
          Dr. Morgan Price           May 28, 2015