UC Health system builds COVID-19 patient database in race for treatment breakthrough

Hundreds of UC researchers have shown interest in the database, [Dr. Atul Butte, chief data scientist for University of California Health] said. That number includes Jonathan Watanabe, associate director at the Samueli College of Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is studying the use of telehealth during the pandemic and selection of medications. “UC CORDS…gives you insights into clinical practices in much closer to real-time and is representative of a broader patient population than any one organization would have on its own, which is critical for research during the pandemic,” Watanabe said.