According to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide each year. And that number is set to rise. To address the cancer epidemic, the UICC organizes World Cancer Day on February 4 of each year. The day was created “to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to address the cancer burden.”
The 2015 World Cancer Day tagline is “Not Beyond Us,” which is intended to highlight that solutions to cancer care are within reach. Four key areas of focus support this theme. For each of the four areas, UICC defines targets to achieve by the year 2025 and the challenge to achieving these targets. UICC also describes how we can overcome the challenge to meeting their targets for each focus area. Learn more about each of the focus areas here:
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As the Internet continues to mature and more people access the web through desktop and mobile apps, the need for APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) has never been more pressing. APIs provide a consistent, easy-to-use way for developers to access data that can be built into mobile apps or websites.
Since 2005, ProgrammableWeb has cataloged the world’s APIs and has become the de facto journal of the API economy. Today there are more than 12,000 APIs listed in the ProgrammableWeb directory, but only 2.07% of those APIs are health-related. Clinical research-related APIs are hardly present at all, accounting for just 0.07% of the APIs listed on ProgrammableWeb.
The Lilly COI API is at the center of our efforts to make it easier for people to find clinical trials that are right for them or their loved ones. The API was created to make publicly-available clinical trial information easier for people to understand and easier for developers to work with.
The Health Datapalooza holds a special place in my heart. I recall last year walking to the conference hotel with Lilly COI colleagues Barry Crist and Dave Crumbacher, and our attention being drawn to a number of people wearing jackets with brightly colored imagery on their backs. As a comic book fan, it flashed through my mind that the images might be of superheroes. In a way, that’s turned out to be true.
In addition to demonstrating the value of open data, applied technology, and applied innovation models, the Datapalooza brings focus on the patient at the center of the healthcare ecosystem.
The litmus test for technology and data innovation is how lives are improved for patients. Connecting with Casey Quinlan, Kim Martin, Erin Gilmer, Regina Holliday and others in the Walking Gallery at this year’s Datapalooza helps to keep the patient’s story top of mind.
What is Health Datapalooza?