Opportunities and challenges in leveraging electronic health record data in oncology.


Journal Article

The widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and the growing wealth of digitized information sources about patients is ushering in an era of 'Big Data' that may revolutionize clinical research in oncology. Research will likely be more efficient and potentially more accurate than the current gold standard of manual chart review studies. However, EHRs as they exist today have significant limitations: important data elements are missing or are only captured in free text or PDF documents. Using two case studies, we illustrate the challenges of leveraging the data that are routinely collected by the healthcare system in EHRs (e.g., real-world data), specific challenges encountered in the cancer domain and opportunities that can be achieved when these are overcome.

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Cited Authors

  • Berger, ML; Curtis, MD; Smith, G; Harnett, J; Abernethy, AP

Published Date

  • May 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1261 - 1274

PubMed ID

  • 27096309

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27096309

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-8301

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1479-6694

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2217/fon-2015-0043


  • eng