Some might call it “data mining on steroids.” But the organizer of an ambitious research project at Montefiore Medical Center in New York describes it as “asking clinically cogent questions of ragged data while respecting the need for user flexibility.”
No matter what you call it, the Clinical Looking Glass project, headed by Eran Bellin, M.D., is taking data mining to the next level. The application, 10 years in the making, is enabling some 250 physicians to conduct their own ad hoc research studies. Some are as simple as identifying all patients taking a drug that has been recalled. Others are far more complex, such as assessing whether a certain type of filter is beneficial to patients with blood clots.
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