Diane Rehm: The Promise And Perils Of A New Project To Share Individual Patient Records
The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU | 04.17.14
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Doctors and their patients often don’t have the information they need on the relative effectiveness of different treatments. Clinical trials provide invaluable data but can’t and don’t cover the myriad of individual circumstances in the real world of patients. As part of the Affordable Care Act, a number of hospitals, research centers, clinics, insurers and patient groups are working to create a massive database of medical records – stripped of personally identifiable data. The idea is to allow scientists to study the relative effectiveness of any number of different drugs, devices and treatment plans, but questions about privacy persist. Please join us to talk about big data and medicine.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 guests of the Diane Rehm show discussed the pros and cons of pooling patient data: