At a time when every click can be tracked and medical records are fully electronic, physicians should be able to digitally reference the decisions made by other clinicians to find out: What happened to other patients like mine?

In dealing with many cases, doctors lack comparative real-time evidence and are forced to make decisions in spite of unknown variables that can dramatically alter outcomes. Such evidence gaps happen every day, particularly for patients with multiple conditions, complex medical histories, and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Breakthroughs in academic research, including a major project at Stanford University School of Medicine, have led to technological innovations that allow clinicians to generate on-demand evidence drawn from research data and anonymized medical records, bridging the evidence gap so doctors can make informed decisions that improve outcomes.

Article written by Harvard Business Review