Over the past 10 years during my conversations with smaller universities and colleges they seemed to have struggled finding a non-commercial EHR for teaching. Unfortunately, I am unaware of a published needs assessment to determine what type of EHR (inpatient? ambulatory? both?) would suit their educational needs. In addition, it is my belief that an EHR that also offers the ability to upload de-identified real patient data could be used for EHR training, predictive analytics, database management, research, etc. I have feelers out to Oregon Health Services University to see if they can supply synthetic patient data but have not heard back. In the meantime I have closely examined the NHANES files 2011-2012 (almost 10,000 patients) and extracted 60 tables containing important clinical attributes: NHANES 2011-2012 tables.pdf (35.3 KB)
If we combined multiple study periods we would have data on about 65,000 outpatients.
I would like to consider sending out a survey to health informatics instructors to determine their needs for EHR education. I could use the AMIA Clinical Informatics Communities of Practice (CICOP) user group or I have a contact list of 400 health informatics instructors who have requested a download of my textbook who might be willing to take the survey. I wanted to run this by others for their opinion and see if anyone would like to assist