The Lynx Group

June 2010, Vol 1, No 2

Washington, DC—Health information technology (IT) and informatics are fundamental to all comparative effectiveness research (CER), Amy Abernethy, MD, associate director of the Duke Comprehensive Medical Center and founder and director of the Duke Cancer Care Research Program, told attendees at a session of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) 101st Annual Meeting.
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With the inclusion of $1.1 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvest ment Act of 2009 for comparative effectiveness research (CER), this topic has suddenly become a matter of great importance in the clinical and research communities.
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There’s no question that when, on March 29, a federal district court judge ruled the patents held by Myriad Genetics to the BRCA1 and 2 gene mutation sequences are invalid, a shock went through the healthcare and genetics communities.
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