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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182942c3c

Conducting Research Using the Electronic Health Record Across Multi–Hospital Systems: Semantic Harmonization Implications for Administrators

Bowles, Kathryn H. PhD, RN, FACMI, FAAN; Potashnik, Sheryl PhD; Ratcliffe, Sarah J. PhD; Rosenberg, Melissa BSN, RN; Shih, Nai-Wei MPhil, IMBA; Topaz, Maxim MA, RN; Holmes, John H. PhD, FACMI; Naylor, Mary D. PhD, RN, FAAN

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Administrators play a major role in choosing and managing the use of the electronic health record (EHR). The documentation policies and EHR changes enacted or approved by administrators affect the ability to use clinical data for research. This article illustrates the challenges that can be avoided through awareness of the consequences of customization, variations in documentation policies and quality, and user interface features. Solutions are posed that assist administrators in avoiding these challenges and promoting data harmonization for research and quality improvement.

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