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VP Joe Biden’s Cancer Cure “Moonshot” Will Need Data… and Lots of It


IP Blog | Dave Melin | January 15, 2016

data stethoscopeThis week in health care trends, our big data in oncology spotlight includes: in the State of the Union address President Obama appoints VP Joe Biden to lead a “moonshot” to cure cancer and Congress cares less about rising drug prices than the public does.

A Cancer “Moonshot” Needs Big Data

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head up an effort towards a “moonshot” cure for cancer. This article argues that the moonshot is attainable — but we will need to leverage big data in massive ways that we aren’t currently doing in order to make it happen.

How Much Does Congress Care about Drug Prices? Less than It Should.

This article argues that, while public attention on and concern about rising drug prices has been escalating, “despite indications of renewed public attention to the rising cost of prescription drugs, Congress has actually paid little attention to and spent scant time on this issue in recent years.”

The Value of Considering Cost, and the Cost of Not Considering Value

This article argues that rather than pretending cost doesn’t matter we need to understand the relationship between cost, value, and quality care: “we can no longer ignore nor can we blindly accept that cost and feel that it has no place in our medical decision making. To continue to do so would inevitably bankrupt our health care system and prevent us from ever being able to provide necessary quality care for all.”

The Survivorship Care Gap: How Financial Toxicity Affects Your Patients — and How to Fix It

A recent study of the financial effects of a cancer diagnosis has found that “annual income dropped 40 percent within two years of a cancer diagnosis” and “Average incomes did start to rebound by five years post-diagnosis, but not to pre-cancer levels.”

The articles above are from our dedicated Big Data in Oncology 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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