Patnerships – moving beyond today’s model 6

Over the past month I’ve attended and presented at a couple of conferences.  Partnershipsin in CTsThe first was Partnerships in Clinical Trials, a gather of 1000+ professionals involved in clinical research. The second was the Evolution Summit.  (I’ve included my presentations at both below).

Evolution SummitIt was great to see a number of leaders I’ve come to know and respect including Craig Lipset of Pfizer, Tomasz Sablinski of TLC, and Deirdre BeVard of Endo.  To me, conferences are more about making and growing relationships than they are about specific content.  That said, the highlight of the Partnerships conference for me was a presentation by Eric Topol on disruptive changes in medicine and how this will impact drug development. More…

Why 23andMe Is About More Than You And Me 5

Advances in computational science and biology enable us to understand ourselves in ways that we could not just a few years ago.  Co-founded in 2006 by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 23andMe has emerged in the digital age to provide a view of our personal genetics – all for less than $100!

23andMe is evidence of Moore’s Law at work, and, in addition to giving unprecedented insight into our personal genome, efforts like 23andMe have innovative potential to change the way drugs are found and developed.

Thanks to Moore’s law, the cost per Human Genome is falling rapidly. More…

Disney’s EPCOT Roots Host Big Data Conference Reply

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Orlando, Florida, was recently host to the eHealth Initiative Big Data conference. Tabbed “Leading IT Forward,” the conference brought together a variety of stakeholders to discuss issues related to data interoperability, analytics, and sharing of best practices.

What is meant when someone uses the term ‘Big Data’? Wikipedia states that Big Data:

is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The challenges include capture, curation, storage,[3] search, sharing, analysis,[4] and visualization.

Big Data as it applies to patient health has its own set of challenges. The lack of interoperability between different EHR vendor platforms prevents a complete longitudinal view of the patient necessary to tell the full health story.  Just think of the gap in EHR communication that exists between the outpatient and inpatient care delivery systems as one of many examples. More…

Stepping Foot in Wikipedia 1

Have you ever wondered how various disease conditions are managed in different regions of the world? From prevalence rate to the treatment regimens used, the standards by which each disease state is tackled and viewed upon can vary quite significantly from region to region.

Surfacing this sort of information can take some time, unless you are currently living within the respective region in question; what is the most readily used medication to treat hypertension in Scotland?

That’s where the power of the crowd can help. Who better to help surface this sort of information than the people who are on the ground level, locally, within that region? One could envision a regional standards of care knowledge map to look similar to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, but on a global scale. More…