Supporting Research in Pain Management for Veterans and Military Service Members
Supporting Research in Pain Management for Veterans and Military Service Members

Electronic Health Record (EHR) Work Group

Limits in the type and quality of pain-relevant data in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is a critical barrier to the conduct of pragmatic clinical trials of non-pharmacological approaches to pain management in the VA and DoD health systems—or, actually, in virtually all practice settings. The EHR Work Group aims to optimize the use of existing electronic health data, integrate patient reported data, and extract new data from unstructured text using innovative techniques, including machine learning and natural language processing. Working across two health systems (VHA and DHA), the work group will promote harmonization and interoperability to develop tools and adopt solutions to support the pragmatic trials.

Chair or Co-Chairs:

Joseph Erdos, MD, PhD

Kalyn Jannace, PhD

Project Manager:

Norman Silliker

Work Group Goals

Work Group Co-Chairs – Qualifications and Experience

Joseph Erdos, MD, PhD, was the VACHS Chief Information Officer from 1995 to 2011 and was a member of the VA Chief Information Officers Council. He was instrumental in the early design and implementation of the VistA EHR system into care in 1999 as well as VistA Imaging. A demonstration project on Telemedicine at VA Connecticut led to the development of home telemedicine in the VA. In 2011 Dr. Erdos was tasked with development of the VA’s Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW), a repository of standardized mapped, accessible, EHR data for operations and research. He was promoted to serve as Director of the VA East Coast Business Intelligence Service Line of the Office of Information. He and his co-directors have overseen the conception and implementation of the VA CDW which has extracted and modeled over 50 clinical and administrative domains from approximately 150 VistA platforms resulting in approximately 2 trillion rows of data!  Dr. Erdos has experience in VistA, Cerner, Epic, CHCS, AHLTA and other EHRs and systems used over the years. He daily advises PRIME investigators in the appropriate use of VA data to achieve their goals. If data do not exist in the CDW he provides tools and develops methods to get them.

Kalyn Jannace, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Uniformed Services University, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine collaborating with the Center for Rehabilitation and Pediatrics.  Dr. Jannace’s research interests include traumatic brain injury, occupational exposures and injuries, and rehabilitation.