The launch of new drugs is contingent on running safe and
thorough clinical trials, but the clinical trials process takes an
inordinate amount of time, particularly in patient recruitment.
The use of big data analytics methodologies which leverage
real databases of electronic medical records is accelerating
the clinical trials process and making patient recruitment more
efficient. However, use of EHR-databases brings with it the
risk of loss of patient privacy. Bernhard Bodenmann, Le Vin
Chin and Bradley Malin at Clinerion examine the issues and
outline best practice guidelines.