Law and bioethics professor Sharona Hoffman, on benefits of electronic medical records

MetroHealth, Explorys use huge patient database to revolutionize medical research

The Plain Dealer: MetroHealth Medical Center and Explorys recently used electronic medical records to replicate a major study that took a Norwegian team 14 years to research and report—and they did it at a fraction of the cost with a sample nearly 40 times as large. Electronic records provide “tremendous potential to make discoveries, to improve medical outcomes,” said law and bioethics professor Sharona Hoffman. “This allows researchers to really access millions of records very quickly, to see patients who receive care in real clinical settings with diverse demographics and diverse geographical settings.”