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Clinical pathways for cancer face fork in the road

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 16, 2016

Clinical pathways, lists meant to guide clinicians toward the optimal course of treatment, have reached the point of being an “unsustainable” administrative burden, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the process of developing them is laden with inadequacies and...

Blog: Privacy experts say Coburn op-ed misses the mark

By Joseph Conn  |  January 15, 2016

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn attacked the federal health information privacy laws haphazardly, according to a privacy legal expert, and egregiously, according to a leading privacy advocate. Experts say that in mentioning specifically the federal privacy law, he mixed research governed under the...

Q&A: Pfizer exec discusses drug price controversies, consumer directed healthcare

Q&A: Pfizer exec discusses drug price controversies, consumer directed healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 12, 2015

Albert Bourla, group president of vaccines, oncology and consumer healthcare businesses at Pfizer, spoke with Modern Healthcare about his company's research and development strategies, how Pfizer is responding to consumer-directed healthcare and the controversy over high drug prices.

Big data's big puzzle: Now what?

Big data's big puzzle: Now what?

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 28, 2015

HHS' partnership this month with OptumLabs is likely to add momentum to the push to use big data to lower healthcare costs and improve the quality of care delivery.

What to do with all of this big data ...

What to do with all of this big data ...

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 24, 2015

HHS' partnership with OptumLabs will build momentum toward the push to use big data to lower healthcare costs and improve quality. But it also highlights the divide between those who are masters at using sophisticated analytics and those just now learning.

Health improving for urban residents, but racial disparities persist

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 18, 2015

Residents in 27 of the nation's big cities are experiencing lower rates of cancer, diabetes and motor vehicle-accident deaths in 2012 compared with 2007, though African-Americans have not shared in many of these gains, according to a Big Cities Health Coalition report.

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