Electronic National Quality Improvement and Research Network (eNQUIRENet)
The AAFP NRN's electronic network, known as eNQUIRENet, is a federated network of electronic health records (EHR) from 500 clinics from around the country, representing more than 2,400 clinicians and more than 4,000,000 patients.
eNQUIRENet started out as DARTNet and began as a prototype and since 2007 has developed into a full-fledged sub-group of the AAFP NRN.
The goal of eNQUIRENet is to demonstrate how existing data sets can be enhanced to inform and expand knowledge of effective and safe medical therapeutics, as well as to demonstrate the ability to collect specific data from clinicians, staff or patients to enrich the EHR data set and answer effectiveness and safety questions concerning medical therapeutics. Investigators are using teNQUIRENet to examine topics such as depression, cardiovascular disease, CA-MRSA, CME effectiveness, chronic kidney disease, proper prescribing of antibiotics and diabetes peer mentoring.
eNQUIRENet participated in the ASPE study. The report addressed the challenges and limitations of using existing federal surveys and federal claims databases for studying small populations. This first part of the report served as a background to explore the potential of the increasingly available EHR and other existing electronic health data to complement federal data sources. The report concludes with potential next steps to demonstrate and improve the feasibility of using EHRs for research on small populations. The final report is posted on the ASPE website. View the full report(aspe.hhs.gov).
If you are interested in learning more about eNQUIRENet or would like to become a member please contact Kaari Van Auken at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.