Comparative-effectiveness research in distributed health data networks

Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Dec;90(6):883-7. doi: 10.1038/clpt.2011.236. Epub 2011 Oct 26.


Comparative-effectiveness research (CER) can be conducted within a distributed health data network. Such networks allow secure access to separate data sets from different data partners and overcome many practical obstacles related to patient privacy, data security, and proprietary concerns. A scalable network architecture supports a wide range of CER activities and meets the data infrastructure needs envisioned by the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research / methods*
  • Computer Communication Networks*
  • Computer Security*
  • Confidentiality*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans