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Comment & Response
January 12, 2016

Electronic Health Records as Sources of Research Data

Author Affiliations
  • 1Clinical Research Unit, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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JAMA. 2016;315(2):201-202. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.15419

To the Editor Dr Angus outlined a perspective in which randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are fused with “big data,” referring to increasing digitization of patient and health care information in electronic health records (EHRs).1 As a member of the work group on research data in relation to EHRs in our medical center, I was concerned about the optimistic expectations of using EHRs as a major source of information for clinical research.