Use this page to find answers to commonly-asked questions about the ENACT Network.


Information last updated: 03/01/2023


What is the ENACT Network?

ENACT will build upon the structure of the ACT Network to develop and implement new informatics tools for EHR research; serve as a platform for tool development by informaticians and statisticians across the Consortium; improve the quality of the existing structured data; incorporate data extracted from clinical text using natural language processing (NLP); and enable both federated and centralized statistical and machine learning-based analyses. Its development is funded by the NIH through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. It contains over 150 million patient records, and ~90% of the CTSA consortium.


What does “ENACT” stand for?

What are the benefits of ENACT? Why is it needed?

Who can use ENACT?

What institutions are currently part of the ENACT Network?

What kinds of data are available through the ENACT Network?


How do I request access to ENACT?

How do I get help accessing ENACT (lost password, etc.)?

Can I search directly through the text of medical records?

How long does it take to get results for an ENACT query?

Why am I getting a message instead of a numerical result for an ENACT query?

How accurate/precise are ENACT query results?

Why does ENACT report different results for my institution than our local EHR query tool?

How can I connect with a researcher at another ENACT site for potential collaboration?

How do I get help structuring my queries or interpreting the results?

Can I use ENACT to recruit patients for my trial?

Can I use ENACT in my public health or health outcomes research?


How is data protected/HIPAA compliant?

Is use of the ENACT Network approved by my local IRB?

How do I cite ENACT in my grant or publication?