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  • Developing a Distributed Research Network to Conduct Population-based Studies and Safety Surveillance

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Developing a Distributed Research Network to Conduct Population-based Studies and Safety Surveillance

Topic Abstract

The use, cost, breadth, and depth of new medical technologies are growing rapidly, and health care stakeholders continue to seek emerging information about their relative risks and benefits. There is a need for a coordinated approach to generating valid scientific evidence about the harms and benefits of therapies to supplement what is known from clinical trials, and the related need for a sizable volume of longitudinal health care data to address many of the relevant questions. This report addresses the design specifications, such as technical design, key infrastructure components, and organizational structure, for a scalable, distributed health information network and research cooperative required for supporting large-scale, population-based studies.