Robert Califf, People-Centered Research Foundation board chair and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, recently discussed the benefits of using real-world evidence with real-world data garnered from electronic health records.
“Part of the way the system of research worked before electronic health records was that anytime you wanted to do a study you had to create a data form, you had to put it into a computer, you had to then enter it into a whole separate system,” he said during an interview with PCORI. “And the very nature of doing that meant you couldn’t integrate it into healthcare systems.”
Califf said he’s also hopeful about the future of real-world evidence in the U.S. health care system.
“Part of the ’21st Century Cures (ACT),’ the important legislation that Congress passed two years ago now, was saying that its time to transform the system to use real-world evidence as a standard,” Califf said. “And over the next few years with the help of PCORnet, PCORI, and other organizations like NIH, I think we will do that.”
To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here.