Evaluating the use of electronic health records to monitor population health

This grant supports an evaluation of the reliability and validity of electronic health records (EHRs) for population-health surveillance, using the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Primary Care Information Project (PCIP), an EHR system that covers more than 2 million patients and 2,500 physicians. This grantee has developed the Hub Population Health Network (the Hub), a secure, centralized database tool to extract information securely from the PCIP's EHR network. Given the proliferation of EHRs and the weaknesses of existing tools for population-health surveillance, this approach holds great promise to reshape the way the field measures and tracks public health. The grantee will develop and test a series of population-health indicators; benchmark these indicators against existing population-health estimates; identify the strengths and weaknesses of EHRs for surveillance work; and disseminate its findings widely to the public health, policy and health information technology communities through a series of published reports, peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $398,825.00

Awarded on: 5/23/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 12/31/2015

Grant Number: 69975


Fund for Public Health in New York

22 Cortlandt Street, 11th Floor, Suite 1103
New York, 10007-3107


Sharon Perlman
Project Director


Lorna Thorpe
Project Director