The gold standard of medical research, the randomized controlled trial, has been taking a bit of a beating lately. An entire issue of the journal Social Science and Medicine was recently devoted to it, with many articles pointing to shortcomings. Others have argued that randomized controlled trials often can’t address the questions that patients and physicians most want answered. I recently wrote about the limitations of the...

Congrats to SANDY CARTER #23 selected to join Business Insider's list of the 39 most powerful female engineers of 2018. These are women with engineering backgrounds who are running big business units at important companies, are building impressive up-and-coming technologies, or acting as leaders and role models in the tech communities. Sandy is  Amazon Web Services' vice president of Enterprise...

The following originally appeared on The Upshot (copyright 2018, The New York Times Company). Research suggests that access to care has greatly improved, and that quality of care has generally improved. The Medicaid logjam appears to be breaking. When the Affordable Care Act first invited states to make more low-income people eligible for Medicaid, pretty much all the blue states said yes, but many...

As millions of consumers and providers add data to patient EHRs, a multitude of data will become available for the greater good. Researchers can anonymize the data and combine it with a large database containing vast amounts of information about the health of the population at a community level, nationally, or globally. In order to create large databases, providers and state...

An example of a successful public health campaign: U.S. Office of War Information employees received free inoculations against smallpox, as well as diphtheria and typhoid, in Washington in 1943. Credit Agence France-Presse/Library of Congress The following originally appeared on The Upshot (copyright 2018, The New York Times Company). Funding for health campaigns is surprisingly low when you consider they’re often so valuable that they pay for...