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Enabling Comparative Effectiveness Research with Informatics

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      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 diverse arsenal of informatics tools designed to meet the needs of comparative effective researchers.

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