Enabling Comparative Effectiveness Research with InformaticsShow Me the Data!

Publication year: 2011
Source: Academic Radiology, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 15 June 2011

Nabile M., Safdar , Eliot, Siegel , Bradley J., Erickson , Paul, Nagy

 Rationale: Both outcomes researchers and informaticians are concerned with information and data. As such, some of the central challenges to conducting successful comparative effectiveness research can be addressed with informatics solutions. Methods: Specific informatics solutions which address how data in comparative effectiveness research are enriched, stored, shared, and analyzed are reviewed. Results: Imaging data can be made more quantitative, uniform, and structured for researchers through the use of lexicons and structured reporting. Secure and scalable storage of research data is enabled through data warehouses and cloud services. There are a number of national efforts to help researchers share research data and analysis tools. Conclusion: There is a…