We, as nation, are in the process of investing several billion dollars into the implementation of electronic health records. If all goes well, there will be a lot of individual data buried in these care systems. This begs the question of what utility, if any, this data has for research whether for genomics, comparative effectiveness research, pharmacovigilance, or public health. The NIH is hosting a conference at the end of October (entitled “Widening the Use of Electronic Health Record Data for Research”) to attempt to answer the question. All are interested parties are invited.