At the NIH Collaboratory Steering Committee meeting in May 2017, we asked Drs. Rachel Richesson and W. Ed Hammond, Co-chairs of the Phenotypes, Data Standards, and Data Quality Core, to reflect on the first 5 years of their Core’s work and the challenges ahead.
Both were pleased with how the Core was able to provide guidelines for assessing data quality and the reporting of pragmatic trials, especially around issues with phenotypes and the use of electronic health record data. Future work in this area needs to advance the development of regulations and standards for the collection of clinical data to support learning healthcare systems.
“We’ve built a community in our Core that represents a diverse group of scientists and clinicians showing the many ways to look at data challenges.”
– Dr. Rachel Richesson
In Fall 2017, the Phenotypes, Data Standards, and Data Quality Core will be merging with the Electronic Health Records Core. The combined Core will continue to work on data standards and quality, and approaches to define clinical phenotypes and endpoints, extract information, and discover errors in data from healthcare systems.