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EHRs, Big Data, Affordable Care Act, Personalized Medicine, Medical Technology

Issa, N. T., Byers, S. W., & Dakshanamurthy, S. (January 01, 2014). Big data: the next frontier for innovation in therapeutics and healthcare. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, 7, 3, 293-298.
Advancements in genomics and personalized medicine not only effect healthcare delivery from patient and provider standpoints, but also reshape biomedical discovery. We are in the era of the “-omics”, wherein an individual’s genome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome can be scrutinized to the finest resolution to paint a personalized biochemical fingerprint that enables tailored treatments, prognoses, risk factors, etc. Digitization of this information parlays into “big data” informatics-driven evidence-based medical practice. While individualized patient management is a key beneficiary of next-generation medical informatics, this data also harbors a wealth of novel therapeutic discoveries waiting to be uncovered. “Big data” informatics allows for networks-driven systems pharmacodynamics whereby drug information can be coupled to cellular- and organ-level physiology for determining whole-body outcomes. Patient “-omics” data can be integrated for ontology-based data-mining for the discovery of new biological associations and drug targets. Here we highlight the potential of “big data” informatics for clinical pharmacology.--From Article Abstract

Hansen, M. M., Miron-Shatz, T., Lau, A. Y. S., & Paton, C. (January 01, 2014). Big Data in Science and Healthcare: A Review of Recent Literature and Perspectives. Imia Yearbook, 9, 1, 21-26.
As technology continues to evolve and rise in various industries, such as healthcare, science, education, and gaming, a sophisticated concept known as Big Data is surfacing. The concept of analytics aims to understand data. We set out to portray and discuss perspectives of the evolving use of Big Data in science and healthcare and, to examine some of the opportunities and challenges.--From Article Abstract

AMA Morning Rounds [Email newsletter]
Every weekday, AMA Morning Rounds will keep you informed about the medical profession and the AMA with the latest news, the week's highlights from The JAMA Network (including the JAMA Report) and much more. The AMA has partnered with Bulletin Healthcare to deliver Morning Roundsvia email every morning. Each briefing's content is distilled from more than 3,000 major newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcast media sources around the country.  [You do not need to be a member to set up an account]

Patel V., Barker W. & Siminerio E. (June, 2015). Disparities in Individuals’ Access and Use of Health IT in 2013. ONC Data Brief, no.26. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: Washington DC.
A number of national policies, initiatives and regulations have been implemented in the past year to increase all patients’ access to and use of their electronic health information. This brief presents national data from 2013, prior to the implementation of these efforts to expand online access and use of electronic health information, regarding individuals’ use of certain types of health IT. The brief also explores variation in individuals’ access and use of certain types of health IT by socio-demographic characteristics, geography and providers’ use of an electronic health record (EHR) to identify potential disparities.

[Timeline] Health Reform Implementation Timeline
The implementation timeline is an interactive tool designed to explain how and when the provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented over the next several years. You can show or hide all the changes occurring in a year by clicking on that year. Click on a provision to get more information about it. Customize the timeline by checking and unchecking specific topics.

Gawande, A. Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2014.
“Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.” -- Book Description
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[NPR]  The Potential Impact of Big Data on Medicine
“Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine.” -- NPR Description

Topol, E. The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands. New York, New York: Basic Books, 2015.
“[Topol is] one of medicine’s most innovative thinkers about the digital future.... [A] valuable contribution to a fascinating subject. Despite his digital predilections, Topol is a humane and sympathetic observer of the plight of patients in our highly dysfunctional health care system. We can only hope mobile devices will help them better navigate (or scroll) their way through this perilous terrain.” -- New York Times Book Review
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