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Huge amounts of the cost of clinical trials could in theory be cut by automating many of the tasks. A lot would be done if all computer systems across hospitals (and lab equipment) could seamlessly talk to each other, medical records were completely standardized and contained all necessary information in machine readable formats etc, not that I see this happening in the near future though.

An aside -- I think machine-readable formats will get less and less relevant. Machines can almost read what humans can read. Just screen-shot it.

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