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04/04/2013 08:38 AM Posted by: Dr. H. Alejandro Preti

ASCO Completes Prototype Of CancerLinQ.

Outlook Series (4/3) reported, "The American Society of Clinical Oncology has completed a prototype of CancerLinQ, the Society's ground-breaking health information technology (HIT) initiative to achieve higher quality, higher value cancer care with better outcomes for patients." This "prototype demonstrates, for the first time, the feasibility of a HIT-based learning health system, which the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has defined as critical to the future of the of the nation's healthcare system."

        iHealthBeat (4/4, Ackerman) reports, "Experts say" the "announcement" of the prototype's completion "could have significant implications for the future of health care delivery." According to iHealthBeat, "Clifford Hudis - an attending physician and chief of the Breast Cancer Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and ASCO president-elect - referred to the prototype as 'a proof-of-concept,' saying that it shows the group's vision is possible." Meanwhile, "Sandra Swain - medical director of the Washington Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, a professor at Georgetown University and ASCO president - noted that only 3% of cancer patients participate in clinical trials and that older patients in particular are left out of such research."

        ARNnet (4/4) reports, "'The CancerLinQ prototype leverages a number of new IT trends: the availability of low-cost storage, the affordability and rapid scalability of virtual (cloud) servers, the growth and maturity of open-source software, as well as NoSQL (unstructured) databases,' said" Dr. Hudis, "in an email interview." Dr. Hudis added, "Many of the benefits from these trends will likely carry forward into the full build."

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