Ottawa researchers call for better tools to combine health data

December 9, 2015

Health data has never been more plentiful, from the millions of research studies published every year, to data from personal genome sequencing, electronic health records and wearable devices. Yet sifting through this information to make evidence-based decisions is becoming increasingly difficult, even for experts. In a recent edition of Nature, Drs. Jeremy Grimshaw, Peter Tugwell and others call for researchers to develop better tools to combine data from different sources, taking biases and limitations into account. They also explore areas in which these tools could have a huge impact, including outbreak detection, cancer screening and drug safety surveillance.

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