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July 21, 2015

Data Accuracy and Integrity – Without Which We Have Nothing

By Jon Ebbert

mother, child and pie“The cornerstone of our ability to make robust inference and sound clinical decisions is the assumption of the validity, accuracy and representativeness of medical research data.”

So says Véronique Roger, M.D., Director, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, and in her July editorial in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Dr. Roger likens the core principles of accuracy and integrity to the underpinnings of our society…as universally understood as “motherhood and apple pie.”

She enjoins readers to reflect on these critical components of medical research. She reminds us that as technology advances, patient registries grow, electronic medical records become universal, and the vast amount of data in health care becomes more easily accessed, it becomes ever more important to be vigilant. She highlights not only data quality, but privacy, security, intellectual property and more.

Read “Of the Importance of Motherhood and Apple Pie –What Big Data Can Learn From Small Data” online, and take part in the conversation. 


To learn more about what is happening in the world of big data and the science of health care delivery, consider attending Delivery Science Summit 2015 – Building the Evidence Base in Health Care Delivery, September 16-18, 2015, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Tags: About, big data, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Findings, Veronique Roger

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