FDA to develop electronic information system. EIS will be used to improve medical-product safety.

The Food and Drug Administration is developing a new electronic information system to monitor how drugs and other medical products perform once they go on the market.

Called the Sentinel System, the data-mining technology will enable the agency to gather information about medical products by querying electronic health records, patient registry data, insurance claims data, and other large health care information databases. The project is in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is intended to improve patient safety and medical care.

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