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The Research data model is primarily used for connections with Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS). Clinical trials are defined in CTMS and synced to the EHR system via a push from CTMS. Either you or your connection may enroll patients in the trial and share relevant information with your connection.

This data model is common if you connect with healthcare organizations that have ties to academia or strong research programs, and they must have robust interfacing capabilities. You may want to use this data model if your organization is interested in patient study status or a list of active studies, especially if your organization does labs, imaging, or other work to contribute to the study.

CTMS or EHR systems can make this data available via HL7v3-based messages defined in IHE's Protocol for Execution profile and Research Process content.