Electronic medical records are everywhere – annoying to doctors and intrusive to patients. But now researchers are looking to see if they can plow through the vast amount of data that’s gathered in those records, along with insurance billing information, to tease out the bits that could be useful in refining treatments and identifying new uses for drugs.

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Genetic diagnosis is getting ever more sophisticated. But as doctors uncover diseases that are hereditary, who needs to know? Shaun Raviv explores the rights – and duties – of doctors, patients and families

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Who is your emergency contact? The answer to that question, standard in every doctor’s office, has now been used to predict the role of genes in hundreds of conditions, from diabetes to high cholesterol

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Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users’ information. The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been “paused” while the company dealt with its privacy crisis

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Drugmakers are racing to scoop up patient health records and strike deals with technology companies as big data analytics start to unlock a trove of information about how medicines perform in the real world

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Have you ever wondered why your computer often shows you ads that seem tailor-made for your interests? The answer is big data. By combing through extremely large datasets, analysts can reveal patterns in your behavior

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This Users’ Guide facilitates integration of patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record, enabling use of PRO data for multiple clinical, research, and administrative applications, and thereby promoting patient-centered care. Authors include our Joe Ali

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Most people are aware they can donate their organs when they die. Doing so is very important: Each deceased donor can save several lives if he donates his organs and tissue and they are used for transplantation. …. But organs aren’t the only thing that you can donate once you’re dead. What about donating your medical data?

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