Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

Medical Research

Pfizer, NCCN give $2M in cancer research grants to six winners

by Jennifer Bresnick

Pfizer and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Oncology Research Program have awarded grants to six research and academic institutions focused on consumer education, medical research, and care coordination for cancer patients. ...

Statins no help for COPD, ARDS, find aborted clinical trials

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers may be encouraged to prescribe more statins for the care of hypertension in vulnerable populations, but the widely-used class of drugs has no significant positive effects for patients looking to prevent flare-ups of chronic obstructive...

Ohio, Florida create cancer HIE network for clinical analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

A partnership between The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, has launched a cancer data health information exchange network intended to promote clinical analytics, speedier...

Mayo: Cancer patients seeking surgeons should go to specialists

by Jennifer Bresnick

Colorectal cancer patients who sought the attention of specialist surgeons had a higher rate of long-term survival and overall better outcomes, found a study by David Etzioni, MD, a Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon.  Published in Cancer this month,...

WellPoint to give bonuses for standard cancer treatment plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

Personalized medicine?  Not if you want to make an extra $350 a month, WellPoint, Inc. is telling oncologists.  The insurer will be offering a financial incentive for each patient who is put on one of the payer’s recommended regimens for...

UCSF granted $6M to manage population health in South America

by Jennifer Bresnick

Central and South American populations affected by endemic diseases like Chagas’ disease and dengue fever will be the target of new research projects from the University of California San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and other partner institutions...

Can online games help docs treat hypertension better?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians who played an educational game online were able to bring the blood pressure of hypertensive patients under control more quickly than those who didn’t partake in the program, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital...

Global analytics, research network to boost safety and quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a global partnership to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of clinical research, has announced the development of a new interface to support its open-access network of...

Genetic analytics identifies aggressive prostate cancer risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have used genetic data analytics to unearth a clue to the most aggressive and deadly forms of prostate cancer by flagging two genes that combine to heighten the risk of the most severe...

ACP, Pfizer team up to increase community vaccination rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is teaming up with connectivity vendor CECity and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to try to increase the rate of vaccinations in the United States, which falls below 70% for adults and may be falling further...

Johns Hopkins, UCSF, Stanford to join FDA innovation center

by Jennifer Bresnick

Move over, Lena Headey: there’s another CERSI coming to town.  Undoubtedly more genial and altruistic than the popular Game of Thrones character, the FDA’s Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) will begin to...

NIH: We’re ready to “mine the big data mountain”

by Jennifer Bresnick

There are few industries in the world as deeply reliant on data as healthcare, and yet there are few industries that have lagged so far behind as medicine when it comes to digitizing, harnessing, examining, and acting upon the avalanche of information...

FDA: Aspirin does not prevent first heart attacks, strokes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA has released a statement counseling patients and providers to reconsider the use of aspirin as an aid for general cardiovascular health.  The over-the-counter drug is not effective for preventing initial cardiovascular events, such as...

All-cause mortality rates in MA drop 3% after healthcare reform

by Jennifer Bresnick

Population health management begins with ensuring that the maximum number of patients have access to the best possible care, a difficult and politically contentious process that has turned the healthcare industry upside down since the Affordable...

Twitter provides big data for adverse drug event identification

by Jennifer Bresnick

With millions of messages posted worldwide every day, ranging from mundane moaning about the weather to incredibly personal details, few data sources are bigger than Twitter.  Researchers have been interested in tapping this deep pool of unfiltered...

90% of patients would share data for analytics, research

by Jennifer Bresnick

The vast majority of patients are willing to share their personal health information with researchers and physicians to help further the understanding of a disease – and a significant proportion of those people don’t even mind if the data...

NIH to boost role of genomics in research, clinical analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health will be launching a new program this summer aimed at expanding the role of genomics in the identification, research, and treatment of a range of diseases.  Led by Dr. Michael Gottesman, Deputy Director for Intermural...

Chicago area gets $7M to develop patient outcome database

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are working with the Institute for Public Health and Medicine to turn a $7 million grant into a collaborative patient-centered outcomes database to reduce health disparities and...

Pathologists to study reporting standards with CDC grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has received two grants totaling more than $1.25 million to fund studies focused on adopting evidence-based laboratory testing guidelines and standardizing the reporting of biomarker test results to...

WUSTL granted $8M for genetic, patient data analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine has been granted $8 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund a large-scale research project examining genetic and lifestyle data from a varied patient population. ...

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