How Medical Records Can Close the Information Gap in Patient Care

In dealing with many cases, doctors lack comparative real-time evidence and are forced to make decisions in spite of unknown variables that can dramatically alter outcomes. Such evidence gaps happen every day, particularly for patients with multiple conditions, complex medical histories, and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Breakthroughs in academic research, including a major project at Stanford University School of Medicine, have led to technological innovations that allow clinicians to generate on-demand evidence drawn from research data and anonymized medical records, bridging the evidence gap so doctors can make informed decisions that improve outcomes.

When clinicians are asked if a patient’s case they’re managing has a corresponding care guideline, the answer is usually “no.” As those in medicine can attest, only about 20% of patients are linked to a standard care guideline. Pair that with the fact that just shy of 20% of existing care…

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This article was written by Nigam Shah and originally published on