Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP)

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Initiating Organization: Mayo Clinic
  • Initiator Type: Health-care organization
  • No disease focus
  • Location: North America


The Strategic Health IT Advance Research Projects (SHARP) will enhance patient safety and improve patient medical outcomes through the use of an electronic health record (EHR). Traditionally, a patient’s medical information, such as medical history, exam data, hospital visits, and physician notes, are stored inconsistently and in multiple locations, both electronically and non-electronically. SHARP proposes research that will generate a framework of open-source services that can be dynamically configured to transform EHR data into standards-conforming, comparable information suitable for large-scale analysis, inferencing, and integration of disparate health data.


SHARP’s mission is to enable the use of EHR data for secondary purposes, such as clinical research and public health. By creating tangible, scalable, and open-source tools, services, and software for large-scale health record data sharing, this project will ultimately help improve the quality and efficiency of patient care through the use of an EHR.

Consortium History

2010: Face-to-face meeting
2011: Face-to-face meeting
2012: Summit

Structure & Governance

SHARPn governance operates under the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Insurance Technology, with direct guidance and oversight of a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for research method review, stakeholder relationships, project collaborations, program project monitoring of set performance evaluation criteria and milestones with change control processes, implementation plans, and research outcome reports.


In 2013, SHARPn announced the release of the PhenotypePortal, representing a culmination of work by SHARPn members from the High-Throughput Phenotyping (HTP) team at Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, and Agilex Inc. to provide a robust infrastructure for standards-based representation and execution of cohort identification algorithms.

Points of Contact

Principal Investigator: Christopher G. Chute,
Co-Principal Investigator: Stanley Huff,
Program Manager: Lacey Hart,
ONC Program Official: Wil Yu,
Media Relations: Robert Nellis,
User ID Administration: Rick Kiefer,
General Questions/Comments: SHARPn,

Sponsors & Partners

Agilex Technologies

Centerphase Solutions, Inc.

Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)


Group Health Research Institute

Harvard Children’s Hospital Boston

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Intermountain Healthcare

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mayo Clinic

Mirth Corporation

University at Albany - SUNY

University of Colorado

University of Pittsburgh

University of Utah

Last Updated: 04/08/2016

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