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Cleveland Clinic Sets Up New Biobank for Clinical, Genomic Research

May 25, 2018 - Cleveland Clinic and Brooks Automation have announced a new biobank facility to enhance research on human tissue samples and improve clinical care for several conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and epilepsy. "This new biorepository will be a critical resource for our scientists. The ability to properly manage biological specimens and to compare diseased tissues side-by-side...


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Harvard, Cancer Orgs Unite to Accelerate Precision Medicine Research

by Jessica Kent

The Harvard Business School Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator has announced that five leading cancer organizations will come together to share best practices, engage patients, and create synergies to advance precision medicine across cancers....

Geisinger Adds Genomic Sequencing to Routine Clinical Care

by Jessica Kent

Geisinger Health System has announced that it will soon include genomic sequencing in routine clinical care in an effort to advance precision medicine and improve patient outcomes. “Understanding the genome warning signals of every patient...

BCBS Value-Based Care Programs Boost Quality, Reduce Costs

by Jessica Kent

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) recently announced that its network of value-based care programs, including accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), is outperforming other initiatives in...

Humana Launches Value-Based Care Model for Expectant Mothers

by Jessica Kent

Humana has partnered with OB-GYN practices to introduce a national value-based payment model that will improve maternity care quality and reduce costs for Humana members with low- to moderate-risk pregnancies. “Because quality maternity...

NIH Grants $10M to Newborn Genome Sequencing Project

by Jessica Kent

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...

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...

ACP Urges Social Determinants Data Collection, Education

by Jessica Kent

To address the care disparities associated with the social determinants of health, healthcare stakeholders must adjust data collection, medical education, and public policy, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has argued. Despite being one...

Lean Methodology Boosts EHR Documentation Quality, Efficiency

by Jessica Kent

Applying Lean methodologies to an inefficient, first-generation electronic health record (EHR) system could enhance EHR documentation quality and efficiency, increase patient care time, and improve both provider and patient satisfaction, according...

Research Consortium Expands Clinical Trial Access, Participation

by Jessica Kent

Geisinger is one of six regional health systems announcing the founding of Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium), a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand clinical trial access and participation for individuals...

Minority Health Disparities Impacting Care Access, Management

by Jessica Kent

Minority health disparities continue to impact several quality metrics, including care access, provider communication, chronic disease management, and mental health treatment, according to a new CMS report. CMS stated that in order to address...

Patient Matching Issues Increase Costs, Threaten Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

Patient matching issues that result in duplicate records and repeated medical care cost an average of $1950 per patient per inpatient stay and over $800 per ED visit, according to a Black Book survey of 1392 health technology managers. Survey...

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...

Humana Targets Social Determinants to Improve Population Health

by Jessica Kent

Humana’s Bold Goal program, a comprehensive strategy aiming to improve population health, focuses on identifying and addressing social determinants of health to boost outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries in communities across the country....

Groups Urge ONC, AHRQ to Support Health IT Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

ECRI Institute, the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS), the Bipartisan Quality Center (BPC), and The Pew Charitable Trusts have established a shared vision for a nationwide health IT patient safety collaborative and are...

Behavioral Health Homes Boost Patient Engagement, Self-Management

by Jessica Kent

The implementation of behavioral health home models could improve patient self-management, increase patient engagement, and enhance understanding of the connection between physical and mental health, according to a study published in Health Affairs....

Opioid Abuse, Diagnostic Errors Top 2018 Patient Safety Hazards

by Jessica Kent

Opioid abuse, diagnostic errors, and poorly designed health IT systems are among the top hazards on ECRI Institute’s 2018 list of patient safety concerns. Opioid abuse is ranked second this year, up from its seventh-place spot on the 2017...

HIMSS Recognizes EHR Products for Immunization Data Integration

by Jessica Kent

The HIMSS Immunization Integration Program (IIP) has recognized the first set of electronic health record (EHR) products for their ability to enhance clinical decision-making by integrating up-to-date immunization data within EHRs and clinical...

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