This retrospective article collection has been edited by Dr. Diego A. Forero, MD, PhD.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are routinely generated and used around the globe, facilitating the collection and storage of structured and unstructured data of hundreds of millions of patients. Examples of structured data include vital signs, results of laboratory tests and prescriptions of medications, among others. Examples of semi-structured or unstructured data include clinical notes, personal history and family history, among others. EHRs have been used in a large number of articles focused on research in many chronic and acute diseases. However, interoperability remains a major challenge for a broader use of EHRs in medical research, particularly in resource-limited countries.
In this Editor’s choice collection, we highlight several key papers previously published in BMC Research Notes focusing on EHRs and medical research. Studies range from linking of available databases, to exploratory analysis, extraction of data, erroneous entries, utilization and costs and exchange of medication information.
This collection was published 2 March 2022.