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Vital Directions from the National Academy of Medicine
October 25, 2016

Data Acquisition, Curation, and Use for a Continuously Learning Health System

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC
  • 3Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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JAMA. 2016;316(16):1669-1670. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12537

Health-related data and research data are vital resources for clinical care, informed clinical choice, quality improvement, drug and device safety, effectiveness assessments, and scientific discovery. Such data are the reagents that can be used to produce information to support personal choices about health care, system choices about optimizing medical and public health strategies, and policy choices about current and future laws and regulations. Data provide the necessary ingredients for medical breakthroughs.