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Foundation Medicine and Other Categories
Gary Palmer, MD, speaks about all the applications of Foundation Medicine and its value in diseases other than cancer.
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New Orleans, LA—“Patient engagement” is a healthcare buzz phrase, and a critical part of this concept is patient connectivity to information technology (IT). GetWellNetwork is a patient-focused IT system that aims to empower the patient to improve outcomes in a variety of disease states.
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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has set aside $19 billion in incentives to encourage healthcare providers to adopt and meaningfully use electronic medical record (EMR) technology in an effort to provide more patient-centered care.
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Widespread adoption of information technology (IT) is now regarded as a pathway to improving healthcare and achieving the highly regarded goals for redesigning care.
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The estimated cost for physician practices to interact with health insurance plans is $23 billion to $31 billion annually, according to a 2009 national survey conducted by Casalino and colleagues (Health Aff. 2009;28:w533-w543).
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Setting up a statewide cancer pathway program requires sophisticated data collection and analytic capability, as well as a collaborative mindset among participants, according to Kurt Neumann, MD, Medical Director of Managed Care and Quality Initiatives for the International Oncology Network, a division of Amerisource Bergen Specialty Group.
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Consolidation and cost pressures remain key concerns for community cancer centers, according to Christian Downs, MHA, JD, the executive director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC).
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As health plans grapple with the rapidly rising cost of oncology medications and a “buy and bill” system that does not work for physicians or for the plans, they are seeking new strategies for providing these life-saving drugs to their members and for freeing up oncology and hematology practices to focus solely on caring for patients, not managing a pharmacy.
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