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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | March 22, 2016

Patient Advocacy awareness ribbonsThis week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes: the US wastes $3B in cancer drugs each year and over three-quarters of patients use online reviews to find a doctor.

The US Throws Away $3 Billion Worth of Cancer Drugs a Year

According to a recently published study, in the United States “as much as $3 billion worth of cancer drugs is thrown away every year, unused.”

How Patients Use Online Reviews

Many people are used to looking at online reviews to choose things like restaurants or hotels — but according to one study, “More than three-quarters (77 percent) of patients use online reviews as their first step in finding a new doctor.”

The State of Cancer Care in America, 2016: A Report by the American Society of Clinical Oncology

In their annual State of Cancer Care in America report, ASCO takes a deeper look at “Declining mortality rates, growing numbers of survivors, and exciting progress in treatment… set against the backdrop of increasingly unsustainable costs and a volatile practice environment.”

The Future of Healthcare is Not Centered on the Hospital

This article argues that “the future [of healthcare] is not centered around the hospital, but around the end user, the person as the patient.”

In Its First Year, Has Apple’s ResearchKit Revolutionized Medical Research?

After one year, a “check-up” on Apple’s ResearchKit app, including the impressive achievement of 100K users after six months, and some areas where there’s room for improvement.

The New Era of Narrow Networks: Do They Come at the Cost of Quality?

As another Obamacare enrollment period comes to a close, this article asks, “are consumers trading quality for a lower premium with narrower networks?”

The articles below are from our dedicated Oncology Patient Advocacy e-magazine. You can 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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