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Big Data in Oncology Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | February 10, 2016

data stethoscopeThis week in health care trends, our big data in oncology spotlight includes: how big data can make the cancer moonshot possible, how to make EHRs truly helpful instead of frustrating burdens, and are state health policy meetings actually helpful?

A Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Needs Big Data

This article argues that the White House’s cancer “moonshot” initiative “is a bold goal — but one within our grasp,” and one that will be made attainable by leveraging massive amounts of big data.

How to Make Electronic Health Records an Asset Instead of a Burden

Although Electronic Health Records (EHR) are meant to make things easier, in reality “after $28 billion spent in federal incentives to spur adoption and with 8 out of 10 physicians now using an EHR, physician frustration with their technology platforms is at an all-time high.” This article argues, however, that EHRs can truly be an asset instead of a burden if they are handled carefully.

Cancer Surgery at Low-Volume Hospitals in California

While an old study suggests that low-volume hospitals’ cancer surgery rates might be more successful at common surgeries than higher-volume hospitals, a recent exploration found suggestions that “there is a higher likelihood of mortality in hospitals performing lower volumes of surgery.”

How Do State Health Policy Meetings Make a Difference? We Tried to Find Out…

After a health policy meeting between the Reforming States Group (RSG) and legislators, a follow-up survey found that “fifty-seven percent of state legislators stated that they authored or sponsored a specific bill on a topic discussed at the RSG meeting, and 50 percent of executive officials noted that they started an initiative or added to one already under way based on an exchange or individual associated with the RSG.”

The articles above are from our dedicated Big Data in Oncology e-magazine. Follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)


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