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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...

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...

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