January 10, 2017: Use of Data from Electronic Health Records to Customize Medical Treatments

In a recent segment on NPR’s Morning Edition, commentators discuss the potential of using electronic health records to customize medical treatments.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University, says comparing data in electronic health records with genomic information holds great promise for customizing individual treatments, but he warns that the quality of data collected in the medical record is not research quality. While researchers are making a positive start with initiatives such as the Precision Medicine Initiative (re-branded as the All of Us research program), medicine still has a long way to go to fully realize the potential of these data.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz will be presenting at an upcoming NIH Collaboratory Grand Rounds on January 13 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. “What’s Next: People-Powered Knowledge Generation from Digital Health Data.” Join the meeting here.

The full article and audio can be found on NPR Shots, an online channel for health stories from the NPR Science Desk.