Biobanks and electronic medical records: enabling cost-effective research

Sci Transl Med. 2014 Apr 30;6(234):234cm3. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3008604.


The use of electronic medical record data linked to biological specimens in health care settings is expected to enable cost-effective and rapid genomic analyses. Here, we present a model that highlights potential advantages for genomic discovery and describe the operational infrastructure that facilitated multiple simultaneous discovery efforts.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Specimen Banks / economics
  • Biomedical Research / economics*
  • Electronic Health Records / economics
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / economics