Tools to Assess What Works in Health Care

When a drug or therapy is introduced, we need to know how effective it is compared to older treatments. When a guideline for clinical care is established, we want confirmation that it has been implemented and that it leads to better health. Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) helps answer questions about what works in health care.

The CER Hub offers investigators powerful tools to answer questions from health care data. CER Hub technology makes it possible to extract and compare information from different kinds of health care systems or within single institutions, so that researchers, operations managers, and decision-makers can get answers to questions about what works.

Online collaboration

The CER Hub is a web-based workspace where researchers come together to define and operationalize research questions and develop methods to answer these questions from electronic data. Research projects using CER Hub technologies collaborate as investigator-led communities.

Building data infrastructure

The CER Hub provides automated tools and support for researchers to generate standardized data sets across multiple institutions. These datasets make it possible to answer comparative effectiveness research questions.

Extracting clinical data

The CER Hub offers natural language processing  to automatically identify clinical events related to diagnosis, testing, and treatment. The CER Hub uses an emerging standard for representing the complete medical record, so data from any Electronic Medical Record system can be uniformly processed.