Health From Data

Liisa Ukkola-Vuoti


Liisa Ukkola-Vuoti,


Scientific Advisor


Welcome to the Health from Data -blog! I write about current topics related to real-world data / real-world evidence and the many possibilities of utilizing this research data, from a practical point-of-view. Furthermore, I explore the Finnish RWE research landscape which has undergone changes in the past years due to new legislative developments. I have over ten years of experience of working as a scientific advisor and research scientist. I hold a PhD in medical genetics, and I find the therapeutic areas related to neurology and psychiatry particularly interesting.

World of methodologies |  Virtual control arms provide more data for decision making

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion on virtual control arms. In this blog post Data Scientist and virtual control arm specialist Johanna Vikkula explains how virtual control arm can be formed...

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Enjoy your summer vacation and come back fast – Interesting RWE to be published this year

Last summer the readers of my blog guessed that the number of real-world evidence (RWE) studies published during the year (2021) would be about 1,500 pcs. Currently, the PubMed database covers 1,290 p...

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Safety from Data |  How patient register data can add to the safety and effectiveness of pharmacotherapy

The safety and efficacy of pharmacotherapy can be measured in multiple ways during the different stages of a drug’s life cycle. Adverse drug reactions and medication errors are described in the data s...

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Registry data to support clinical trials

Randomized clinical trials (RCT) have traditionally been held up as the gold standard for studying the efficacy of a treatment. Recently, real-world evidence (RWE) has been pushed alongside the RCT. B...

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World of methodologies | Unstructured data and Machine learning in Real-World Evidence studies

We start this year in the world of methodologies with a hot topic of utilizing unstructured data in the generation of real-world evidence (RWE). This blogging is authored by Medaffcon‘s Junior Data Sc...

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What happens to a patient in real life is visible through Real-World Evidence

The real-world evidence (RWE) study makes visible what happens to a group of patients in real life, as the leap it takes away from the patient's bed gives a broader perspective on what's happening. Wi...

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World of methodologies | Supervised machine learning and classifiers

We took the first glimpse into the world of methodologies earlier this year when Medaffcon’s Data Analysis Lead Iiro Toppila opened the featured blog posts. During the autumn, Iiro returned to write a...

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What makes Finland’s real world data special? Four ingredients for success.

The Finnish health and social care registries are unique from an international perspective. Thus, real-world data (RWD) recorded in the Finnish registries is a strong option when weighing in which cou...

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History of Real-World Evidence

Real-world evidence (RWE) is relatively young. However, RWE-research has its roots in the traditional registry-based study, which is old. How did the registry study become RWE? Let's move back to the ...

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World of methodologies | First peek

This series of featuring blog posts aims to open the world of data analysis methodologies. The goal is to bring the insight of data scientists onto Real-World Evidence (RWE) studies and Real-World Dat...

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Six ways to utilize real-world evidence

Real-world evidence is gaining interest - and fast. The phenomenon is global. The growth of the field is evident in the increasing number of data requests and scientific articles. Everyone talks about...

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From todays treatment to future medicine

Year 2021 will be the year of Real-Wold Evidence. Data obtained from patients’ treatment has always been utilized in developing practices. However, new enabling legislation on the secondary use of hea...

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What is Health From Data?

This March marks the start of my new blog - Health From Data. Here I blog about topics related to RWE-research, including trends, sources, and uses of real-world evidence. I aim to write in a way that...

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