Accelerating the Speed and Scale of Medical Discovery with Real-World Data: Epic Research and Cosmos

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Epic Research is a journal designed to facilitate the rapid sharing of knowledge with researchers, healthcare professionals, and other learners to help solve medical, public health, and healthcare industry problems. While traditional research continues to serve as a primary source of information to inform clinical practice, Epic Research works to provide a new kind of analysis focused on making good data available sooner rather than perfect data available too late. It is powered by Cosmos, a database that combines billions of clinical data points from more than 167 million unique patients from 185 healthcare organizations to form a high quality, representative, and integrated data set that is being used to change the health and lives of people everywhere.

In this one-hour webinar, Danessa Sandmann, MPH, will discuss the creation of Epic Research during the COVID-19 pandemic, describe their unique Dual-Team study approach, highlight their methodology and publishing processes, and share key findings and recommended actions from a few recent publications.

Speaker Bio
Danessa Sandmann, MPH, coordinates operations across Epic Research, working with Epic customers, academic researchers, government officials, and other public and private partnerships to further medical and public health practice. She has also implemented software and population health programs across several of the nation’s leading Accountable Care Organizations and Clinically Integrated Networks. Additionally, Danessa directly served as part of the State of Wisconsin’s early COVID-19 response as a member of State Emergency Operations Center from March 2020 to July 2020, working alongside both state and local health officials and administration. Prior to joining Epic, Danessa provided patient care in both acute and post-acute settings, and worked to advance health policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

NNLM Region 6 Speaker Spotlight Series is an irregular webinar series from the NNLM Region 6, featuring expert guest speakers presenting on topics of interest to all our users, from librarians to public health practitioners, educators, clinicians, and others who work with health information. Topics will be scheduled according to audience interest, seasonal applicability, and speaker availability. For more information, contact

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Topics provide information to help attendees do one or more of the following:

  • Know their communities

  • Better understand health consumers

  • Evaluate health information

  • Increase knowledge of resources and subjects

  • Improve health-related communication, reference, instruction, and programming

  • Increase health literacy

  • Understand and explore the relationship between technology and health

  • Explore ethical and legal issues

  • Assess needs for health information

  • Obtain and disseminate health-related information

  • Identify sources of secondary data related to health

Class Recording

Class Details

Date(s): February 22, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 0.00
This class is sponsored by Region 6.
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Erica Lake
Technical Assistance: Miles Dietz-Castel

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