Project Overview

Evidence, Data, & Methods to Build Learning Health Systems of the Future

The EDM Forum was established in 2010 with support from AHRQ to advance the national dialogue on the use of electronic health data for research and quality improvement. The EDM Forum facilitates learning and collaboration among researchers and other key stakeholders who are generating the data, methods and evidence needed to build learning health systems that will improve patient care and outcomes.


The EDM Forum will ensure continued relevance, scalability, and sustainability, and will advance collaborative learning and exchange among thought leaders, investigators, and stakeholder groups participating in the EDM Forum by:

  • Enhancing understanding of the landscape of health research and QI;
  • Incubating collaboration and innovation; and
  • Accelerating translation and dissemination.


  • Develop analytic products that synthesize challenges and innovations, including: papers, issue briefs, reports, needs assessments, and literature reviews;
  • Facilitate opportunities for research initiatives and stakeholder groups to collaborate with one another;
  • Disseminate current research and news via in-person and virtual meetings and presentations, eGEMs journal, and the EDM Forum Monthly Update e-newsletter.

Principal Investigator

Erin Holve, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.P.P.
Senior Director, AcademyHealth

Erin Holve is a Senior Director of Evidence Generation and Translation at AcademyHealth where she leads the organization’s work on analytic methods and research resources for the field of health services research (HSR). She is the principal investigators of several projects related to patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER), including the Electronic Data Methods Forum. Her recent published work focuses on infrastructure issues and needs to support the evidence in learning health systems and she is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of AcademyHealth’s open access peer reviewed journal, eGEMs. Dr. Holve holds a PhD in health services research from Johns Hopkins University, and Masters’ degrees in public health and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Ned Calonge, M.D., M.P.H.
President & CEO, The Colorado Trust

Ned Calonge, MD, serves as President and CEO of The Colorado Trust. Prior to joining The Colorado Trust in 2010, Dr. Calonge served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He also served as the Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and was a family physician for 10 years. His current academic appointments include serving as Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (UCD) and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, UCD Colorado School of Public Health.

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Suzanne Bakken, DNSc, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved
Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Following doctoral study in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. She currently directs the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI) pre- and post-doctoral training program. Dr. Bakken also served as Principal Investigator of the AHRQ-funded Washington Heights Inwood Informatics Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (WICER) and leads its follow-on study WICER 4 U, which focused on stakeholder engagement. She has also received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, and National Library of Medicine. Dr. Bakken has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. In 2010, she received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Nursing, American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

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eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), a peer-reviewed, open access journal of the EDM Forum, was created to accelerate research and quality improvement using electronic health data. Launched in 2013, eGEMs has published more than 100 papers featuring cutting-edge projects from leaders in the field and is a premier journal for approaches to redesigning the health system, including methods, interoperability, and governance. eGEMs is led by an editorial board of experts from across the country.

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AcademyHealth’s EDM Forum was created through a cooperative agreement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Grant #U13 HS19564. Ongoing support for the EDM Forum comes from AHRQ Grant #U18 HS022789.