Think Research: Using Electronic Health Records to Bridge Patient Care and Research

Published: September 2005
When health IT emerged as a national priority more than five years ago, FasterCureswas the first to call for combining clinical data with research goals, with the release of our 2005 report, Think Research. In this report, we urge institutions to "think research" as they struggle with the adoption and implementation of EHR systems. While the focus of most efforts to do so has been on improving care by limiting costs and medical errors, the real savings, in terms of both reducing healthcare costs and, more importantly, in eliminating human suffering, will come from curing disease and from limiting its damage.The report examines the current landscape of EHR adoption and profiles innovative health systems that are pioneering the use of EHRs as a research tool.