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December 20, 2018
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we’re inspired by the promise of big data to improve human health. Big data and analytics promise to uncover hidden patterns that can improve population health and precision medicine. At the same time, nobody understands data’s challenges better than we do. One such challenge is detailed […]
August 23, 2018
We don’t handle DNA profiles, and protected health information is stripped from specimen records up front Although DNA analysis of large populations holds enormous promise for the future of medicine, privacy concerns are growing. Headlines in recent weeks have recounted both the sharing of DNA data collected by 23andMe with a pharma company and the opening of […]
August 22, 2017
At iSpecimen, getting researchers the specimens they need from the patients they want is accomplished with the utmost attention to patient privacy and federal regulations. By patient, we mean the people whose biofluids, solid tissue, or viable cells make their way into biomedical research for new diagnostics and therapeutics. Protecting patient privacy requires us to […]
January 25, 2017
Last week, as the outgoing Obama administration neared its final hours, they ruled on a pivotal decision affecting biomedical researchers – whether or not the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) ‘Common Rule’, instituted in 1991, would be updated to require patient consent for the use of de-identified clinical discards in research. The decision […]
October 19, 2016
The movement to bring the benefits of precision medicine to the masses gained significant momentum this week, as IBM launched a new project with Quest Diagnostics to help better diagnose and treat cancer patients across the nation. Called IBM Watson for Genomics, the project is a genomic tumor sequencing and diagnostic analysis service, powered by […]
June 15, 2016
June has proven to be an exciting month for those invested in the mission to better share healthcare data and information. Two such federal initiatives were announced this month: Vice President Joe Biden’s $70 million cancer database, the Genomic Data Commons and FDA Chief Dr. Robert Califf’s promotion of a scientific co-working space, precisionFDA, as […]
May 5, 2015
Big data is critical in the personalization of healthcare, allowing us to find diagnostics and treatments that work specifically for the patient at hand.
December 9, 2014
As technology grows more advanced, researchers are increasingly analyzing molecular codes and creating massive amounts of data, leading to an increase in government grants to promote Big Data analysis.
November 16, 2014
During the past few years, the federal government has been pushing for U.S. practitioners and hospitals to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems. However, the full potential of EHRs cannot be realized until they are adopted more universally and the systems used by various providers are able to easily communicate with each other.
October 27, 2014
The ongoing digitization of patients’ medical records is meant to facilitate the administration of care but requires a higher level of data security than paper medical records.
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