2010 Security Breach Cost Anthem $1.7 Million
Anthem has a history of big security breaches. In 2010 an attack that disclosed information of more than 600,000 people cost the company $1.7 million in fines from HHS.
Study Results Support Early Treatment With Abiraterone in Prostate Cancer
A study published in the journal Lancet Oncology, conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, provides evidence for the value of introducing abiraterone prior to chemotherapy in these patients.
How Maine Hospitals Are Predicting Your Next Trip to the ER
By combing through the electronic medical records of nearly all of Maine’s 1.3 million residents and applying sophisticated modeling software, a computerized tool predicts which patients are most likely to land in the ER
Innovative Low-Cost Smartphone Accessory With a Global Impact
The device, developed by a biomedical engineer at Columbia University to detect 3 infectious disease markers, was piloted by healthcare workers in Rwanda. The work, which received funding from the Gates Foundation and the World Bank, among others, was published in the recent issue of Science Translational Medicine.
Strategic Oncology Partnership Between AstraZeneca and MD Anderson
The industry-academic partnership is expected to boost clinical trials on investigational drugs and outcomes research, in gynecological cancers.
Health Inequality Widening Along With Socioeconomic Disparity Worldwide
As socioeconomic disparities have grown through Europe and North America, so have mental and physical health inequalities, according to a new paper published in The Lancet.
Medicaid Expansion Proposal Dies in Tennessee
Tennessee Gov Bill Haslam's plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act died Wednesday in the state Senate after it was voted down by the Health and Welfare Committee.
Pfizer to Buy Injectables Giant Hospira
With several of it's blockbusters going off-patent soon, Pfizer is looking at new avenues for expanding it's revenue.
FDA Commissioner Hamburg Stepping Down
After nearly 6 years overseeing public health initiatives, Margaret Hamburg, MD, commissioner of the FDA will be stepping down, according to various sources.
Anthem Reports Massive Cybersecurity Breach
Anthem reported early Thursday that hackers infiltrated the company, potentially putting as many as 80 million customers’ information at risk.
Considering Social Determinants of Health When Caring for Underserved Communities
Panelists at the annual meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology discussed efforts to holistically treat low-income or chronic care populations by taking social determinants of health into consideration.
Smoking Increases Risk of Mortality in CRC Survivors
A comprehensive study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that colorectal cancer survivors who smoke cigarettes were at more than twice the risk of death than non-smoking survivors.
Evidence-Based Care Can Eliminate Gaps in Cancer Survival Rates
Although African Americans have had lower colon cancer survival rates over the past 2 decades compared with white patients, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found evidence-based care can remove the racial disparity.
FDA Announces Measure to Ease Patient Access to Investigational Drugs
In his blog post on FDAVoice, Peter Lurie MD, MPH, associate FDA commissioner for public health strategy and analysis, announced the introduction of a draft form and a draft guideline that can be used by a physician to request access to an experimental drug or biological product that is still under development.
House GOP Again Votes to Repeal Healthcare Law
The House passed a bill on Tuesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the first time in the new Congress, but Democrats appeared to show more zeal in defending the law than Republicans did in trying to get rid of it.
IOM Report Addresses Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data
The report, according to ASCO, delineates responsibilities of different stakeholders towards ensuring responsible data sharing of trial results.
Palbociclib Approved for Post-Menopausal Women With Advanced Breast Cancer
The efficacy of the CDK4/6 inhibitor was demonstrated in 165 postmenopausal women with ER-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer who had not received previous treatment for advanced disease.
Study Compares Adjuvant Radiotherapy With Observation in Low-Risk DCIS
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that the failure rate was low with observation but was decreased significantly with the addition of radiotherapy.
ONC Announces $28 Million in Grant Funding to Achieve Interoperability
During remarks at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Annual Meeting 2015, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a new funding opportunity to achieve interoperability.
"Methylome" Could Distinguish Aggressive Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
The study identified distinct methylation patterns between the aggressive and benign forms of TNBC, which could provide an improved understanding of disease outcome.
Cost-Effectiveness Decisions: Who Do You Trust?
A study published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease digs deep into understanding the assumptions in HEOR studies that evaluate the cost-effectiveness of personalized cancer treatments.
FDA Rethinks Regulatory Approach for Next-Generation Sequencing
Amid President Barack Obama's planned Precision Medicine Initiative, the FDA is evaluating its regulatory approach to next-generation sequencing.
Medicare Offers Relief to 400,000 Caught in Aetna Pharmacy Network Mix-Ups
More than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries who may have been confused or misinformed about the pharmacy details of their 2015 Aetna prescription drug plans have until the end of this month to find participating pharmacies or switch plans, according to CMS.
PCMHs Bring Value to Primary Care, Report Finds
The report, sponsored by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, reviewed 28 studies of PCMHs over a 1 year period; some of the studies found improved utilization resulted in an improvement in at least 1 cost metric.
Innovation in Interoperability and Engaging Patients
Putting data in patient hands, the construction of an open API, and interoperability are big hopes for the future of health information technology (IT), according to panelists at the annual meeting of the Office of the national Coordinator for Health IT.