Using Real-World Data to Address COVID-19

By Cheryl Reifsnyder, PhD

As a leading provider of data and advanced analytics, Veradigm understands the critical role real-world data (RWD) play in supporting researchers and other healthcare stakeholders during public health crises such as the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

The Value of EHR Data

EHR Data: Both Timely and Clinically Rich

For studying COVID-19, EHR data proved superior to other data sources—such as claims data—for two reasons: the timeliness with which it could be accessed and its clinical richness. EHR data can often be accessed with a time lag of only one week to a month. EHR data also contains clinical information that enables researchers to gain additional understanding of COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, most COVID-19 studies focused on hospitalized patients. Hospitals possessed data on the most severe COVID cases; however, hospital data could not provide information about the community spread of COVID or patient …

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