In a post this week, Jennifer Bresnick of HealthITAnalytics.com reviewed this month’s 98-page report from the President’s Cancer Panel—Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH; Hill Harper, JD; and Owen N. Witte, MD—that identifies a number of goals and tasks that could help align the healthcare industry and patients around big-data use and the potential for achieving the goals of precision medicine.
Bresnick relayed a number of the Panel’s observations that support the widespread and growing belief that technology may become a powerful factor in the effort to improve the overall health of society, including:
- Data siloes are big obstacles. The report, Bresnick wrote, criticized data siloes for being stumbling blocks that inhibit those who might use health information to “generate actionable insights from disparate sources of information,” and suggested that a number of healthcare professionals don’t have access to the solutions that would empower them to use big data effectively. However, the Panel is hopeful that the healthcare industry will beat these challenges as it continues to improve its ability to generate—and slice and dice—large volumes of data.
- Connected tools are essential. “Connected health tools are needed to ensure that people at risk for cancer, cancer patients, and cancer survivors have access to the information they need when they need it and in formats that meet their needs,” the Panel said.
- Internet access is critical. If a connected health system is to be achieved, the Panel suggested, then healthcare consumers and caregivers alike must have reliable, high-speed internet connections. Otherwise, “engagement and data sharing” will be difficult.
Read the full post here.
Dave Bennett, executive vice president, product & strategy, gave an exciting presentation on the shift to precision medicine at Connecting Michigan for Health 2016. Watch it now!