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Patient-Centered PHR Pulls Together Four Data Sources for Post-Market Surveillance of Medical Devices

August 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Yale School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic are experimenting with a personal health record platform that allows patients to gather real-world data to share with researchers for post-market surveillance of medical devices.

ASCO Picks IBM Watson Exec to Lead CancerLinQ

August 10, 2018  |  David Raths
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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has named a former IBM Watson executive as the new CEO of its CancerLinQ big data platform.

A ‘Google’ for Clinical Notes Draws Interest

August 8, 2018  |  David Raths
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A grant from the National Cancer Institute will allow five academic medical centers to deploy EMERSE, which allows users to search free-text clinical notes from the electronic health record.

At the Florida Health IT Summit, a Candid Look at the Promise and Pitfalls of Blockchain in Healthcare

July 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Benjamin D. Schanker, M.D., M.P.H. shared with attendees at the Florida Health IT Summit his perspectives, as a clinician and researcher, of the promise and pitfalls of blockchain adoption in U.S. healthcare

Nemours Children’s Health: Deploying Technology to Meet Consumers Where They Are

July 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver on July 13, Gina Altieri of the Nemours Children’s Health System delivered a presentation on her organization’s bold journey around leveraging technology to meet healthcare consumers where they are

Vivli Launches Clinical Research Data-Sharing Platform

July 19, 2018  |  David Raths
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On July 19 a new global data-sharing and analytics platform called Vivli was unveiled. The nonprofit group’s mission is to promote, coordinate and facilitate scientific sharing and reuse of clinical research data.

Why FDA’s Scott Gottlieb Wants to Create a ‘National Utility’ for Real-World Evidence

July 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is signaling its intent to expand its work to get real-world data from EHRs and other data sources to assess product efficacy and safety.

Physician Burnout Much Lower in Small Practices, Research Finds

July 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Physicians who work in small, independent primary care practices reported dramatically lower levels of burnout than the national average (13.5 percent versus 54.4 percent), according to a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine.

How Academic Researchers Are Helping North Carolina Create an Opioid Analytics Roadmap

July 3, 2018  |  David Raths
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Chief Data Officer Aaron McKethan describes how the State of North Carolina enlisted the support of 70 experts, including researchers from Duke, the University of North Carolina, SAS and research firm RTI to identify questions that need to be answered.

UW-Madison Unveils Platform that Maps Neighborhood Disadvantages Impacting Health

June 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have developed an accessible, online, interactive map of more than 70 million Zip+4 zip codes so that users can find data on socio-economic factors at the neighborhood level.

Academic Medical Center, Tear Down That Wall (Between Research and Care)!

June 11, 2018  |  David Raths
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Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., dean and vice president for medical affairs at the brand-new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, makes the case for rethinking how academic medical centers define research and care.

In Catalonia, Health IT Governance Rises Above the Political

June 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of the TICSalut Foundation, the government agency that manages healthcare IT management and development for the entire region of Catalonia in northeast Spain, are moving forward on a broad range of fronts

Sage Bionetworks Launches Digital Health Catalyst Program

June 4, 2018  |  David Raths
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Sage Bionetworks is launching a program to provide pro bono support innovative ideas for biomedical research studies that leverage smartphones, wearables and sensors.

Rethinking Observation Stays and Readmissions: Experts Study the Issue

May 31, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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As medical researchers writing in The New England Journal of Medicine are documenting, shifting some patients from normal inpatient stays to observation stays, is turning out to be a far more complicated proposition than meets the eye

At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, Industry Experts Agree: Blockchain Is in its Infancy in Healthcare

May 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A robust discussion was held at the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with industry experts parsing the challenges and potential of blockchain—including its lack of data security

Dr. Glenn Steele on the Path Forward Towards Care Delivery Transformation

May 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare Informatics caught up recently with Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who has been busy spreading the gospel of the Geisinger approach to healthcare delivery innovation, U.S. healthcare system-wide

NIH Creates Chief Data Strategist Position

May 14, 2018  |  David Raths
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The National Institutes of Health has created a new position, chief data strategist, to serve as the principal adviser to NIH leadership on large-scale platforms and technology ecosystems that facilitate data science.

At HLTH, a Candid Discussion of What the Federal Government Can and Should Do to Promote Healthcare Innovation

May 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the HLTH Conference this week, Rasu Shrestha, M.D. of UPMC sat down with HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein and former United States CTO Aneesh Chopra, to discuss the federal government’s role in facilitating technology innovation

AHRQ: More Research Needed on Diabetes Self-Management Apps

May 9, 2018  |  David Raths
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In a new study, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that few of the commercially available apps to help diabetes patients have been evaluated thoroughly.

At HLTH, Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt Explains His Launch of a Venture Capital Firm

May 9, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Tuesday afternoon at the HLTH Conference, Andy Slavitt explained what led him to co-found a venture capital firm to collaborate with tech companies focused on America’s most vulnerable populations

PCORI Grants $74 Million for Clinical Effectiveness Research Projects

May 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute board of governors has approved $74 million to fund nine new comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies.

Set to Launch in May, All of Us Research Program Gets 15 New Engagement Partners

April 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program now has 15 more community organizations and healthcare provider associations that have signed on to raise awareness about the program and its potential to advance precision medicine.

A New Massachusetts Study Finds Consumers Slow to Make Use of Cost Estimate Tools

April 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A new report has found that, even as health insurers in Massachusetts, under pressure to provide cost-estimating tools for their members, are giving them more information, plan members are still largely not taking advantage of new tools

Penn., N.J. Health Systems Form Clinical Research Consortium

April 17, 2018  |  David Raths
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Six health systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have announced the founding of a nonprofit clinical research consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium) to streamline clinical trials.

St. Jude Launches Cloud-Based Genomics Data Platform for Researchers

April 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced this week the launch of St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to what St. Jude describes as the world's largest public repository of pediatric...

VUMC Launches Precision Medicine Subsidiary, Nashville Biosciences

April 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Officials with Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have launched a subsidiary to house the organization’s genomic and bioinformatics resources to advance drug and diagnostics discovery and development.

NIH to Fund Genome Centers for All of Us Program

March 24, 2018  |  David Raths
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In May 2018 the National Institutes of Health will solicit applications for large-scale Genome Centers to generate genomic data as part of the All of Us Research Program.

UK Health Physician Helps SAMHSA to Develop New Guidelines on Opioid Maintenance Therapies

March 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A leader in the medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Lexington) has been involved in assisting a major federal healthcare research agency in developing new guidelines regarding the use of opioid maintenance therapies

Research Study Uses Surveys, Smartphone Sensor Data to Study Stress

March 16, 2018  |  David Raths
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Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Sage Bionetworks have launched a research study called “My BP Lab” that uses surveys and sensor data collected from participants’ smartphones to quantify and understand their daily stress.

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