USA Today: Atropos Health Informatics Consult Service Unleashes Power of Electronic Medical Records

November 14, 2021 -- A new article in USA Today highlights our work at Stanford and beyond to bring the insights derived from millions of patient records to the point of clinical decision-making.


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At Stanford University School of Medicine, researchers recently developed a system to mine medical records for insights that won't reveal personal data but will describe the course of treatment and response for a group of similar patients. Their Clinical Informatics Consult Service, now provided by spinoff company Atropos Health, includes records from Stanford hospital and national collaborators.
It is helping in a growing number of cases, he said. For instance, when a pediatrician worried a child with an abnormal constellation of symptoms might be developing multiple sclerosis, the Stanford service showed in a single day the symptoms did not indicate a heightened risk for MS. "We were able to help a child and their family get a more resolute answer on what at the outset could have been a very scary diagnosis," Gombar said. An elderly woman with a recurrent rare cancer was able to learn quickly from the Clinical Informatics Consult Service that a radical surgery another doctor had suggested would not likely extend her life, Gombar said.
The service has also been used to change institutional policy. Stanford wondered whether it really needed to give patients with ulcers a four-drug combination of antibiotics, or whether a three-drug regimen would work just as well. Looking at thousands of patients revealed that three was typically enough.