Fusing Randomized Trials With Big Data – The Key to Self-learning Health Care Systems?

Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have revolutionized medicine by providing evidence on the efficacy and safety of drugs, devices, and procedures. Today, more than 40 000 RCTs are reported annually, their quality continues to increase, and oversight mechanisms ensure adequate protection of participants. However, RCTs have at least 4 related problems: (1) they are too expensive and…

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The Legal and Ethical Issues around Linking Administrative Data in Scotland

Abstract: This initial scoping report outlines the original research to be undertaken for the legal work package of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland (ADRC-S), by Professor Graeme Laurie and Ms Leslie Stevens based at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law and J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine,…

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A Year of Service: Washington State 2012 Review

This August, the Washington State Department of Social Health and Services (DSHS) released a report with participation from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA). This report, titled Washington State Institutional Review Board, January – December 2012, displays an overview of the Review Board’s organization, membership, and legal documentation during major events in 2012. The…

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