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EHR Optimization to Advance Learning Health Systems

On October 18, 2017 the Association of American Medical Colleges (AMC) and the Donaghue Foundation hosted the Current State and Future Vision: Making EHRs Work for You summit at the AAMC Learning Center in Washington, DC. The summit brought together approximately 80 participants—among them chief medical officers, chief information officers, chief quality officers and leading researchers from health systems, along with representatives from EHR vendors, government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations—to identify opportunities for improving EHR function to support the advancement of learning health systems.

We’d like to learn more about our members’ experience with research on clinical decision support and using EHR data for research. Are you interested in contributing to the dialogue and participating in a new AAMC EHR Optimization Working Group? Email Anne Berry at


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