eMERGE

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm ( AAA )

The algorithm uses Structured Query Language to identify AAA cases, controls, and excludes from the Electronic Medical Record. AAA cases were defined as meeting at least one of three criteria: had a AAA repair procedure (Case Type 1), had at least one vascular clinic encounter with a diagnosis of ruptured AAA (Case Type 2), or had at least two vascular clinic encounters with a diagnosis of unruptured AAA (Case Type 3).

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ACE Inhibitor (ACE-I) induced cough

ACE-I induced cough is a common side effect of use of ACE inhibitors, one of the most common class of antihypertensives.  The frequency of ACEI-induced cough varies based on ancestry.  A GWAS of ACEI cough using this algorithm in the eMERGE Network identified KCNIP4 as associated with this phenotype, which was validated in two replication cohorts. 

Cases are those with ACEI cough.  Controls are those exposed to ACEI without adverse events noted and not switched to angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs).  

Algorithm validated - December 12, 2012.

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Appendicitis

Appendicitis is one of the most common acquired surgical conditions of childhood.  Diagnosis of appendicitis remains difficult.  Much work has been done on validation of clinical scores to reduce the number of unnecessary surgeries and radiographic tests while maintaining a high sensitivity for disease.  However, no score performs well enough in practice to reduce these risks (Kulik et al., 2013).  It is also known that appendicitis has a familial predominance, but little is known about the genetic factors that may increase a certain child's risk for the condition (Oldmeadow et al., 2009). 

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Cataracts

We used a multi-modal strategy consisting of structured database querying, natural language processing on free-text documents, and optical character recognition on scanned clinical images to identify cataract subjects and related cataract attributes.

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Drug Induced Liver Injury

An algorithm to identify inpatients who have had an acute episode of drug induced liver injury (DILI).

Summary of drug-induced liver injury algorithm

Inclusion criteria

A. Suspect DILI? (NOTE: baseline population is institution specific.  See institution implementation details)

1.     Liver injury AND Exposure to drug (NOTE: medications are institution specific. See institution implementation details)

2.     Temporal relationship of exposure to drug and liver injury diagnosis.

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