Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Medical Research

Risk of Heart Attack Jumps with Non-Obstructive Heart Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

Non-obstructive coronary artery disease is an important risk factor for myocardial infarction, a new JAMA study says. Patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) are up to 4.5 times more likely to suffer a myocardial infarction...

NIH Grants to Aid Biomedical Research Opportunities for Students

by Jennifer Bresnick

Academic institutions will use NIH funding to mentor a new generation of biomedical researchers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a series of large grants to a handful of academic institutions in order to expand biomedical research...

Geisinger, NIH Launch Genomic Data Repository Patient Portal

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new online portal will allow patients to participate in the emerging field of genomic research by contributing their own data. Patients who have undergone genetic testing can upload and share their results through a new genomic patient portal...

MGH, MIT partner on clinical analytics, diagnostics research

by Jennifer Bresnick

Massachusetts General Hospital (MHG) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will be working together to provide up to $3 million in grant money intended to support and accelerate clinical analytics and medical diagnostics projects. ...

Case Western researcher wins $2.3M big data award from NIH

by Jennifer Bresnick

A project hoping to apply big data mining techniques to pharmaceuticals has won the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.  Rong Xu, PhD, an assistant professor of medical informatics at the Case Western Reserve...

65% of researchers say data analytics policies boost sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

Data sharing policies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have made data analytics easier and more commonplace by increasing the sharing of information, say 65% of researchers studied in a poll published in PLOS ONE this September. ...

Medication adherence study scrutinizes pharmacies, packaging

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new clinical trial is aiming at discovering how the packaging of medications and instructions provided by pharmacists affect patient adherence.  The STOMPP (Study the Effect of a Hybrid Pharmacy Practice Model on Medication Adherence) trial...

Mayo Clinic latest to leverage IBM Watson’s data analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Mayo Clinic is the latest healthcare epicenter to enlist Watson for some heavy lifting when it comes to data analytics and medical research.  Watson will help Mayo fill up its clinical trials more quickly by improving the patient matching...

Data integrity research spurs international population health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers in North Carolina are helping to foster population health management and disease control efforts in developing nations by studying data integrity techniques and sharing their knowledge with the help of a $180 million grant from the...

NIH announces genomic research, data sharing policy

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the release of its finalized guidelines for genomic data sharing and research.  After receiving more than one hundred public comments on the draft of the policies, NIH has clarified and revised...

Stem cell “roadmap” brings analytics to tissue engineering

by Jennifer Bresnick

An online data analytics tool developed at Boston Children’s Hospital will allow stem cell researchers to check the quality and function of tissue samples engineered in laboratories.  CellNet uses algorithms to match the genetic properties...

Intel: Wearables, big data will track Parkinson’s disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

Intel Corporation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation are launching a new pilot program to combine the power of big data with the ubiquitous reach of a wearable health tracking device in order to gather deeper insight into Parkinson’s disease. ...

FDA approves 90% accurate at-home colorectal cancer screening

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an at-home colorectal cancer screening tool that is up to 90% accurate in detecting the common cancer, potentially expanding access to the test to patients who are leery of an invasive colonoscopy. ...

NIH grants 23andMe $1.4M for genetic analytics, research

by Jennifer Bresnick

23andMe, the home genetics testing company under scrutiny from the FDA, has secured the good will of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a $1.4 million grant to develop its genetic database for expanded research and analytics. The Google-backed...

Google using big data to find what a “healthy human” looks like

by Jennifer Bresnick

All good science experiments have one important thing in common: a control group that establishes a foundation with which to compare the effectiveness of any other interventions.  Participants who haven’t developed a certain disease yet may...

HHS, feds must do more to open health data to industry

by Jennifer Bresnick

The federal government produces enormous quantities of clinical and financial health data, but hasn’t done enough to be transparent with the wealth of information it is currently holding, argued Mary R. Grealy, President of the Health Leadership...

Big pharma opens up big data for clinical trials, analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Something strange is happening in the board rooms and laboratories of some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world: the doors of the famously secretive and profit-hungry corporations are slowly cracking open, allowing clinical researchers...

NIH develops big data plan to encourage research, analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) isn’t just ready to mine the big data mountain: they’re already swinging the pickaxe.  The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative is ready to maximize the usefulness of biomedical data...

FDA using EHR data analytics to monitor drug safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA is using EHR data and information from electronic claims to give drug safety monitoring a boost, writes Janet Woodcock, MD, in a blog post for FDAVoice.  Using an active surveillance pilot called Mini-Sentinel, the Agency has enlisted...

Earlier chemo for prostate cancer gives men an extra 14 months

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients who opt for chemotherapy treatments earlier in their battle against prostate cancer may live for a median of 14 months longer than those who delay due to the fear of side effects, finds a study presented at a meeting of the American...


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