Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thomson Reuters launches The Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Thomson Reuters Combines Expertise and Information Resources In Its New Center For Comparative Effectiveness Research

Ann Arbor, MI, February 1, 2011 – Thomson Reuters announced today that it has launched The Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research to help advance the quality and effective use of comparative effectiveness research (CER) in the U.S. healthcare system.

Comparative effectiveness research evaluates medical treatments to determine which work best in real-world settings. To do this, researchers must assess a comprehensive array of health-related outcomes for diverse patient populations. With nearly four decades of experience in this arena, Thomson Reuters is uniquely positioned to support CER initiatives with proprietary data, experienced researchers, and clinical decision support tools.

“Thomson Reuters works closely with healthcare payers and providers, manufacturers, scientists, and the federal government to manage and analyze data to guide healthcare decision making,” said William D. Marder, PhD, a healthcare economist and senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “This places us in the forefront of information providers who can help the healthcare community apply comparative effectiveness research to improve everyday clinical practice.”

The new center will draw on unique information assets including the Thomson Reuters MarketScan® Research Databases and clinical data repositories, built for research scientists in the life sciences and for hospital pharmacists. The Thomson Reuters MarketScan databases house integrated patient-level data for populations covered by commercial insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare supplemental plans. This information includes inpatient, outpatient, drug, laboratory, and other data reflecting real-world treatment patterns and costs.

“We have an interdisciplinary team including health services researchers, clinicians, economists, sociologists, and psychologists, many of whom conduct CER analyses,” Marder continued. “It seemed natural to develop The Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research to further help our customers address their CER goals and contribute to advancing the national agenda.”

Visit The Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research at: http://www.thomsonreuterscer.com.

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