Informing Treatment Decisions with Big Data

In the New York Times, Veronique Greenwood reports on a clinician’s use of electronic health data in real-time to guide the treatment of a patient with lupus. The article illustrates a case where using evidence from electronic medical records may be more efficient in guiding patient care than waiting for evidence from clinical trials. The pitfalls of using this type of data are also described, including the lack of an established bioethical framework for the use of sensitive patient information. The complete article can be found here.

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