Federating clinical data from six pediatric hospitals: process and initial results for microbiology from the PHIS+ consortium

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012;2012:281-90. Epub 2012 Nov 3.


Microbiology study results are necessary for conducting many comparative effectiveness research studies. Unlike core laboratory test results, microbiology results have a complex structure. Federating and integrating microbiology data from six disparate electronic medical record systems is challenging and requires a team of varied skills. The PHIS+ consortium which is partnership between members of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) network, the Children's Hospital Association and the University of Utah, have used "FURTHeR' for federating laboratory data. We present our process and initial results for federating microbiology data from six pediatric hospitals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Information Systems / organization & administration*
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Microbiology*
  • Software
  • Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine*