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AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2012; 2012: 57–62.
Published online 2012 March 19.
PMCID: PMC3392065

LC Data QUEST: A Technical Architecture for Community Federated Clinical Data Sharing


The University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences is engaged in a project, LC Data QUEST, building data sharing capacity in primary care practices serving rural and tribal populations in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho region to build research infrastructure. We report on the iterative process of developing the technical architecture for semantically aligning electronic health data in primary care settings across our pilot sites and tools that will facilitate linkages between the research and practice communities. Our architecture emphasizes sustainable technical solutions for addressing data extraction, alignment, quality, and metadata management. The architecture provides immediate benefits to participating partners via a clinical decision support tool and data querying functionality to support local quality improvement efforts. The FInDiT tool catalogues type, quantity, and quality of the data that are available across the LC Data QUEST data sharing architecture. These tools facilitate the bi-directional process of translational research.

Articles from AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings are provided here courtesy of American Medical Informatics Association