A Brief Introduction to Clinical Nomenclatures

Vocabulary management systems in electronic health records (EHRs) standardize how medical information is communicated. Although primarily intended to improve patient care, they also benefit researchers by bringing structure to complicated, nuanced, and dynamic health data. Built into EHR software, vocabulary management [...]

Introducing “Clone Requirements” for Even Faster Study Configuration

There are many instances when the same or similar set of requirements exists across several groups of participants (e.g., “obtain consent”, “complete medical history”), and/or multiple time-points (e.g., “draw blood”), as in a longitudinal study. Rather than define sets of [...]

Record Matching: Facilitating Rich Data Sets When Merging Clinical Database

The digitization of health records is making the aggregation of EHRs, prescription claims information, and other clinical data easier than ever before. But before analyzing clinical data collected from different databases, researchers need to first determine where the databases overlap. [...]

Nov 2015|Automating Health Care, Data Sharing, Tips|

NLP: Tapping Into EHR Text Fields

Electronic health records (EHRs) are digitizing valuable medical data on a massive scale. However, up to 70% of meaningful information for medical registries, outcomes researchers, and clinicians is held within practitioner notes. These free text fields are unstructured, so there [...]

Our Top 5 Rules for Stress-Free NDAR Data Submission

After many years of experience submitting to NDAR, Prometheus has learned a thing or two. With that knowledge we’ve put together a list of tips for approaching your NDAR data submission. With these tools in your back pocket, there’s no [...]

The New Face of Research Surveys: Opportunities and Challenges

Surveys have historically been one of the most important tools available for conducting empirical research. Today, they continue to be prominent within social and behavioral science research and play growing roles in areas such as clinical outcomes research. However, surveys are [...]

The Pitfalls of Spreadsheet Data Management

Spreadsheet software is almost as ubiquitous as the personal computer itself. Even in rigorous research contexts, programs like Microsoft Excel offer an environment for ad hoc analyses, back-of-the-envelope calculations, dashboard prototyping, and more. But the user-friendliness of spreadsheet software tempts [...]

EHRs for Clinical Outcomes Research: How to Maintain Researcher Productivity

Opportunities for advancing clinical outcomes research are on the rise. This is largely thanks to electronic health records (EHRs)—a patient care tool that is already capturing meaningful clinical information on an unprecedented scale. But the sheer existence of EHR databases does [...]

The Key to a Partnership between a Registry and a Vendor

With the growing digitization of the patient record and care in general, the medical registry has become increasingly important. Having a centralized data repository tailored to a specific set of clinical questions offers opportunities to conduct outcomes-oriented research, satisfy regulatory [...]

Usability 101 in Design

When we design a product, we want to ensure at least two things. First, the product should be useful (of course). Second, the product should be usable. Usefulness doesn't matter if people can't figure out how to use it. "As [...]