As a leading R&D center collaborating with a variety of groups, both within and outside of Johns Hopkins, CPHIT’s initial priorities include the following:
- Development and testing of measures created from EHRs and other HIT systems to quantify quality, outcome and need within target populations and communities.
- Use and advancement of computing methodologies -- including natural language processing (NLP) and pattern recognition tools -- to improve the application of non-structured EHR data for population-based interventions.
- Initiation of effective approaches for linking provider-centric EHR systems with consumer-centric internet and mobile-based e-health applications.
- Development of EHR-based tools and decision support applications to identify and help manage high risk populations for preventative and/or chronic care and to coordinate care within IDS/ACO delivery systems.
- Technical and strategic approaches for creating an interoperable community of EHR networks and integrating them with the current functions of public health agencies (e.g., surveillance and vital records).
- Creation of legal/ethical and policy frameworks to support the development of secondary use of EHRs for public health programs and research.
- Development of innovative EHR-based tools and decision support for the next generation of system-based quality/safety improvement.
- Formulation of methods and strategies for integrating health plan/provider/agency administrative data with EHR data to enhance population interventions and research.
- Development of standardized tools and frameworks to support evidence generation and empirical evaluation in the field of health IT and informatics.