Dec 1, 2023
Dr. Michael Mbagwu, senior Medical Director at Verana Health, a real-world data company helping to accelerate clinical research using EHR data and other data to unlock insights about clinical practice patterns. The company is also addressing systematic bias in clinical trials by using real-world data and analyzing demographic information and geographic representation to get an accurate view of the obstacles patients face in getting the most advanced treatments.
Michael elaborates, "We have very secure and advanced technologies where we deliberately use clinical and other data scientists to walk through the data, ensure it's really what we want, and give insights. Big data is not big data is not big data, and the ability to unlock insights very much depends on who's the one looking through it. So, at Verana, we do it all together. We have a very multidisciplinary team that is working on all of these data sets, and we have just a great thing going on regarding the insights we're able to provide."
"First and foremost, the data itself isn't always contained in just one place. And by that, I mean yes, loosely, we have an idea of what an EHR is. That's what I, as a doc, will type in. When patients come in, they'll talk about their symptoms or something that's happened to them. We will type that and list it. So that's one part of the electronic medical record. But there are other parts."
"There's billing, there can be images, there can be MRIs. In ophthalmology we use different instruments, photographs of the retina and different scans and that sort of thing. Those aren't necessarily in the EHR. They might be something that the computer also accesses, but again, not from just one source. So, understanding what data is available and breaking down all the silos of that so that we can ingest and get a 360° view of patient journeys is something that we work very hard at Verana to do."
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