Dr Robert Challen
As a practising clinician I saw the potential for the analysis of patient information, freed from the constraints of paper records, to revolutionise the quality of care delivered to patients. The overlap between digital patient records and computable clinical knowledge is an area of great potential, which is underexploited.
With the rise of natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, computable clinical knowledge is, from a technical perspective, now a more accessible goal than ever before. However clinical medicine is still striving to make the cultural transition to digital patient records. To drive that cultural change we need to begin to demonstrate systematic clinical value coming from digital patient records through data analysis.