How big data, comparative effectiveness research, and rapid-learning health care systems can transform patient care in radiation oncology

In this brief opinion article published in Frontiers in Oncology, Sanders and Showalter turn their thoughts to the rapid-learning health care system (RLHCS), a concept that involves analyzing patient data to make insights in how to improve patient safety, treatment quality, and cost-effectiveness within the health care framework. In combination with comparative effectiveness research (CER) and well-managed big data streams, the RLHCS has the power "to accelerate discovery and the future of individualized radiation treatment planning," they argue. They conclude that big data can "connect a broad range of characteristics to accelerate evidence generation and inform personalized decision-making," and its application through CER and the RLHCS can "accelerate progress in cancer care."

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