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Old data, new tricks


Atropos Health, a new company spun out from Stanford on Wednesday, hopes to succeed in one of the elusive challenges of digital medicine: Using troves of data from old patients to improve care for new ones. The new company aims to build a business out of a service that can consult past records to help answer questions like what drugs might work for certain cancer patients. As Casey notes in a new story, even in a world where it seems desired information is always just a click away, the health care industry has been hamstrung by poor data quality and skittishness around using a computer’s advice to direct care. A published review of the tool’s early patient cases illustrated that it could indeed help inform decision making.

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