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Journal of Ambulatory Care Management:
doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000029
Original Articles

Implementation of a Health Data-Sharing Infrastructure Across Diverse Primary Care Organizations

Cole, Allison M. MD, MPH; Stephens, Kari A. PhD; Keppel, Gina A. MPH; Lin, Ching-Ping PhD; Baldwin, Laura-Mae MD, MPH

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Abstract

Practice-based research networks bring together academic researchers and primary care clinicians to conduct research that improves health outcomes in real-world settings. The Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho region Practice and Research Network implemented a health data-sharing infrastructure across 9 clinics in 3 primary care organizations. Following implementation, we identified challenges and solutions. Challenges included working with diverse primary care organizations, adoption of health information data-sharing technology in a rapidly changing local and national landscape, and limited resources for implementation. Overarching solutions included working with a multidisciplinary academic implementation team, maintaining flexibility, and starting with an established network for primary care organizations. Approaches outlined may generalize to similar initiatives and facilitate adoption of health data sharing in other practice-based research networks.

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