Associate Director Business Development at Cytel and chair of the eDigital data management expert group Lauren Ellis-Hill discusses her thoughts on the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in clinical trials. She anticipates a continued increase in the use of EHRs in clinical trials, especially as decision-makers consider standardizing EHR data. Unlike data from traditional clinical trials, real world data (RWD) used in synthetic control arms can be messy and require cleanup, making biostatisticians critical in effectively using EHR data.
Ellis-Hill remarks, “I feel EHR data is currently underused, and I think that is partially due to the challenges in the quality of EHR data and because of the lack of standardization across healthcare. Many companies employ large teams of medical professionals who can provide a manual review of the EHR, which presumably incurs a large cost because of the person power involved.” Read more here.
(Source: Mansha Sachdev, Cytel, 6/14/21)