Evidence-based Clinical Care
“The worst man of science is he who is never an artist, and the worst artist is he who is never a man of science” Trousseau 1869″
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. Both disciplines are interdependent and inseparable, just like two sides of a coin. To be a good medical practitioner, one has to become a good artist capable of compassion and at the same time a competent scientist who possesses the latest knowledge about disease and cure.
Medical Care versus Clinical Research
When you are ill and you receive care from your family doctor, he or she develops a practical plan of care that is created for you based upon your disease, your individual circumstance, medical history, physical diagnosis and the standard of care for your disease. Your physician keeps a record of your personal encounter and curative progress within your medical record. Today, your medical record is maintained electronically on computer and is a longitudinal summary of your diseases, wellness and the care that you have received.
Clinical Research, on the other hand is a scientific-methods based process by which a research scientist studies a specific disease and the safety and effectiveness of medications, medical devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens to advance knowledge that improves medical care, maintenance of health and the cure of disease. While some information from your electronic medical record might be used in a clinical research experiment, a research project collects a systematic, detailed and controlled set of clinical data using a more sophisticated computerized clinical study protocol record management system.
Participating in PACeR Clinical Research: “Help Us Find a Cure”
For medicine to progress as a science and to improve treatment of individual patients we need more people to participate in clinical research and we need to provide better and more powerful clinical tools to identify patients who can help improve our understanding of the causes of diseases and how best to treat them.
PACeR is The Partnership to Advance Clinical electronic Research, a collaboration between universities, medical schools, hospitals, physicians, research scientists and patients. Its goal is to get more people involved in medical research to find better and more effective ways for physicians to treat and cure disease.
The PACeR Clinical Research Cloud
PACeR maintains a global research network and a set of computerized clinical research applications that are specifically designed to engage people in clinical research and that provide web-based tools for patients and medical scientists to communicate, collaborate, study and understand disease, treatment alternatives, cures and ways to improve the general health of people.
PACeR MyHealth: MyHealth is a social network that is specifically designed to engage you and your local hospital and family physician in clinical research. MyHealth provides forums, chat rooms and blogs where you go to learn about the latest medical discoveries, cures and clinical research programs. It provides you with all of the tools necessary to participate in clinical trials and health research projects being conducted in your local area. MyHealth At Home is an internet home-based medical research application that you can use to keep track of your personal level of health and disease. An electronic health diary provides you with all of the tools necessary to collaborate with your hospital and physicians in local or corporate-sponsored drug and medical device trials.
PACeR Education: PACeR maintains a medical research library that provides you with the latest reference information about disease and research studies available within your local area. When used with MyHealth you can set RSS news feeds from the PACeR library to keep you abreast of the latest information about any medical topic of interest.
PACeR Research Pro: The Research Pro Social Network is a global research platform and clinical research toolkit that is used by clinical development teams, research scientists and physicians to electronically communicate, collaborate, crowd-source and standardize clinical research projects and studies.