Enabling Comparative Effectiveness Research with Informatics. Show Me the Data!

Nabile M. Safdar, Eliot Siegel, Bradley J. Erickson, Paul Nagy

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Rationale: Both outcomes researchers and informaticians are concerned with information and data. As such, some of the central challenges to conducting successful comparative effectiveness research can be addressed with informatics solutions. Methods: Specific informatics solutions which address how data in comparative effectiveness research are enriched, stored, shared, and analyzed are reviewed. Results: Imaging data can be made more quantitative, uniform, and structured for researchers through the use of lexicons and structured reporting. Secure and scalable storage of research data is enabled through data warehouses and cloud services. There are a number of national efforts to help researchers share research data and analysis tools. Conclusion: There is a diverse arsenal of informatics tools designed to meet the needs of comparative effective researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1072-1076
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Informatics
  • Structured reporting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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