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FIGURE 7-1 Hypothetical framework highlighting key elements of an end-to-end cancer informatics system.
NOTE: CER = comparative effectiveness research, EHR = electronic health record, IT = information technology.
SOURCE: Abernethy presentation (February 28, 2012).

and career development to build a workforce that can interface seamlessly across biomedicine, computation, and informatics, she noted.

Apparent throughout the discussion of the gaps, challenges, and potential solutions for cancer informatics was the overarching theme that data should be used for the benefit of society. Data are accumulating fast. “We have the opportunity to harness these data or let them pass us by,” Abernethy concluded, and she encouraged participants to “be a part of the plan.”



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