At some point in life we all become patients, and high-quality medical care is one of the most generic needs of mankind. Such care must be based on all the quantitative and hard evidence available about treatment options.
Today, not a lot of evidence is available to patients directly, and it is usually limited to describing the effects of treatments on a population. For example, we may be able to answer broad questions at a population level like “Does Drug A cause bleeding?” However, what if we could address that question at the patient level: “What is the likelihood that Drug A will cause me to bleed?” based on available known factors like medical history and health behaviors?
There isn’t an established way to generate this kind of evidence reliably. So, we at OHDSI are looking to help solve this problem and produce the individualized real-world evidence that any patient can use to get informed about his or her own medical situation.