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Four Health Data Networks Illustrate The Potential For A Shared National Multipurpose Big-Data Network

    Basic Details

    This article describes four data networks that share a common approach to repurposing electronic health records and administrative data. The four programs featured are the Food and Drug Administration’s Mini-Sentinel program (which focuses on medical product safety), the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet, comparative effectiveness research), the National Institutes of Health’s Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory Distributed Research Network (biomedical research), and ESPnet (public health surveillance).


    Lesley H. Curtis PhD, Jeffrey S. Brown PhD, Richard Platt MD, MSc

    Corresponding Author

    R. Platt, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School, 401 Park Drive, Suite 401 East, Boston, MA 02215, USA. Email: