Mining EMRs speeds up genetic research

Mining electronic health records (EHRs) produced by different companies for genetic studies on specific chronic conditions still can be far faster and cheaper than trying to recruit patients to collect data, according to researchers from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. However, EHRs still need to improve parameters that can be researched, they observed. In the study, which appears this month in Science Translational Medicine, the researchers were able to take patient information in EHRs from routine physician visits at five national sites that used different brands of medical record software. FierceEMR

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