Clinical trials means a pharmaceutical company tests their new product on ‘human guinea pigs’, in a more or less closed and controlled environment.
EHRs would allow much more data to be accumulated in a more real-world setting: thousands or tens of thousands of patients of various ages, races, genders etc using a medication in the real-world.
Any companies out there doing data-mining of EHRs or EMRs? At the HIE level perhaps?
Here is a story from the Department of Health and Human Services proposing to use EHRs (scrubbed of private patient data) to improve the health of minorities.