Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data


NIH Grants $10M to Newborn Genome Sequencing Project

April 25, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $10 million, four-year grant to HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology in support of their newborn whole genome sequencing project, which will help with the diagnosis and care of newborns with birth defects and genetic disorders. HudsonAlpha Institute will collaborate with University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and...

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Genomic Medicine Initiatives Aid Undiagnosed Pediatric Patients

by Jessica Kent

Three pediatric medical centers have introduced genomic medicine initiatives aimed at accelerating diagnoses and treatment for children with unexplained illnesses. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital of Miami, in collaboration with Rady Children’s...

Intermountain Launches Prospective Precision Medicine Study

by Jennifer Bresnick

Intermountain Healthcare is launching a new precision medicine project that will allow researchers to take a prospective view on the potential of genomic data. The PRECISE study allows for the collection of fresh-frozen tissue and blood specimens...

NIH Concludes In-Depth Genomic Data Analysis of 33 Cancer Types

by Jessica Kent

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has completed detailed genomic data analysis of the PanCancer Atlas, a data set of molecular and clinical information from over 10,000 tumors that represent 33 types of cancer. “This project is the...

TGen Launches Discovery Platform to Boost Genomic Data Analysis

by Jessica Kent

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope cancer and diabetes center, will add to its strengths in genomic data analysis with the establishment of a Clinical Microbiome Services Center at its infectious...

Medicare Will Reimburse Next-Generation Genomic Sequencing Test

by Jessica Kent

CMS has finalized a National Coverage Determination (NCD) that will reimburse providers for diagnostic laboratory tests using next-generation sequencing (NGS) for patients with advanced cancer. “We want cancer patients to have enhanced...

NIH Offers Funds for “All of Us” Genomic Data Collection Centers

by Jessica Kent

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) intends to issue a funding announcement to request applications for large-scale Genome Centers to generate genomic data as part of its All of Us precision medicine research program. All of Us is currently...

Healthy Nevada Study Combines Genomics, Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

A unique population health study in Nevada is combining genomic information from thousands of citizens with socioeconomic, environmental, and clinical data to develop insights into how lifestyle interacts with genetics. The Healthy Nevada Project,...

UCSC Cancer Research Awarded $500,000 Precision Medicine Grant

by Jessica Kent

The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) has awarded a $500,000 state grant to the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative of the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute. Treehouse is the pediatric cancer research arm of the UCSC...

ONC, NIH Pilot Adds Genomic Data Specifications to HL7 FHIR

by Jennifer Bresnick

HL7 FHIR is getting a precision medicine upgrade thanks to a partnership between the ONC and National Institutes of Health.  The Sync for Genes pilot program plans to support the integration of genomics into big data analytics and patient...

CMS Proposes Coverage for Next-Gen Precision Medicine Test

by Jennifer Bresnick

Precision medicine may be about to take a big leap forward as CMS considers covering the costs of a new, FDA-approved next-generation sequencing (NGS) test that can identify key biomarkers for certain cancers. The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) in...

Interest in Genetic Testing Brings Precision Medicine Challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Close to two-thirds of consumers would like to take part in genetic testing to better understand their health risks, according to a new survey from Wamberg Genomic Advisors, which could be both a boon and a bother for big data analytics and precision...

AMA, Patient Groups Join “All of Us” Precision Medicine Outreach

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than a dozen professional societies and patient advocacy groups have signed up to promote participation in the national Precision Medicine Initiative’s All of Us research program, announced the National Institutes of Health (NIH)....

Geisinger Announces New National Precision Health Initiative

by Jennifer Bresnick

Geisinger Health System has announced the launch of its new National Precision Health Initiative, an effort to expand its brand’s already extensive influence in the realm of genomics, precision medicine, and data analytics. The program...

Gates Invests $50M in Big Data, Precision Medicine for Alzheimer’s

by Jennifer Bresnick

Microsoft Corporation founder Bill Gates is making an initial investment of $50 million from his personal fortune to accelerate precision medicine research into a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The gift to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a...

NIH Awards $9M for Open Source, Cloud-Based Big Data Commons

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected twelve recipients of $9 million in grant funding to support the development of an open source, cloud-based data common for biomedical big data. The pilot phase of the NIH Data Commons will...

NIH Takes on Population Health Disparities with Social Epigenomics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The combination of precision medicine and population health management will help to reduce health disparities among underserved patients, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) believes. A new $26.2 million grant program, funded as part of the...

NIH Grants UCSF $11.7M for Pediatric Precision Medicine Equity

by Jennifer Bresnick

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have received a four-year, $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue prenatal and pediatric precision medicine breakthroughs. The Program in Prenatal...

Pharma, Tech Companies Set to Restructure Healthcare Big Data Market

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare big data market is set another in a long series of revolutions as life science, precision medicine, consumer technology, and “omics” companies start to infuse their influence into a rapidly changing analytics environment....

Big Data Analytics Resource Center Takes Aim at Pediatric Cancer

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will use a $14.8 million NIH grant to explore the root causes of pediatric cancer and structure birth defects.  With the help...


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