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Spotlight on Big Data in Oncology


IP Blog | Dave Melin | March 25, 2015

This week in health care trends, our big data in oncology spotlight includes Google’s new health information service and factors behind the post-recession dip in health care spending.

The articles below are from our dedicated Big Data in Oncology e-magazine. We’re constantly adding valuable content to this updateable magazine, so make sure to check our e-magazine frequently for new intelligence. 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!)

big data cancer buttonWill Google’s new health search function change the way we manage health?

According to Google, one out of every 20 searches is for health information. To help provide more helpful, evidence-based health information for its users, Google has announced it will start showing health information results in a little box at the top right of health search results pages. The information “will be sourced from a database fact-checked by physicians at the Mayo Clinic, adding credibility, quality, and a sound evidence base.”

ONLINE FIRST: ASCO’s New Status Update on Cancer Care Shows Both Optimism and Concerns

In ASCO’s recently released State of Cancer Care in America 2015 report, analysts have found both good and bad news, including 10 new FDA-approved cancer drugs last year, a predicted 45% increase in cancer between 2010 and 2030, and concern over whether the oncology workforce will be able to keep up.

What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve?

This HealthAffairs report takes a look at the data behind the slowdown in health care spending, as shown by “the curve represented by the growth rate in national health expenditures (NHE) pre- and post-recession.” After a thorough examination of the factors, the report concludes that “the bulk of the decline in the health care spending growth rate resulted from lower economy-wide price inflation and some temporary factors not tied to the recession.”

Cancer Trends at a Glance

Provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this exhaustive chart lists dozens of cancer-related trends and shows whether they’re trending upward or downward. Trends studied here include tobacco use by age and product type, diet and weight trends, HPV vaccination, incidence of different types of cancer, cancer treatment trends, rates of survivorship, and mortality.

SEER Stat Fact Sheets: All Cancer Sites

NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program provides a veritable mountain of fact sheets on statistics for all types of cancer related to prevalence, treatment, survivorship, and mortality. While the “all sites” page provides data across all tumor types, SEER also provides statistics by disease site.


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