President Bushs 2008 budget proposal will request new funds to support a rapid-learning healthcare system that uses data from electronic health records to accelerate clinical research, according to Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Clancy spoke at a news conference sponsored by Health Affairs, which published a special supplement on a rapid-learning health system. Such a system would include private- and public-sector initiatives drawing on data from the electronic health records of millions of people to rapidly advance the evidence base for clinical care, according to researchers. The data could answer why costs are increasing, what risks and benefits are associated with prescription drugs and how the environment affects disease patterns. Read the Health Affairs articles. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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