The genetic research community is about to get access to a lot of data. On October 20, two public databases generated by whole-genome and exome sequencing at multiple research institutions will be unveiled.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published its annual report on the adoption and use of electronic health records.
The National Institutes of Health has kicked off the BRAIN Initiative by awarding $46 million to 58 projects. And Google has come on board as a commercial partner to develop software and infrastructure to handle the petabyte-scale data sets the projects are expected to generate.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has handed out another tranche of funding, bringing its total awards up to $671 million. Among the recipients of the most recent $102 million are projects to improve the use of electronic health records in comparative-effectiveness research and develop data analysis tools that preserve patient privacy.
The market for mHealth data aggregation platforms has become increasingly congested over the past year, with Apple and Google joining the more healthcare industry-focused Validic. Now Vivametrica has joined the space, outlining plans for a platform that fixes the inconsistencies in data from consumer mHealth products and combines them with outputs from medical devices.
The Harvard Medical School professor has long advocated for greater openness, with the sharing of his own data through the Personal Genome Project a standout example
With pharma trade groups now committed to publishing the synopses of clinical study reports for some drugs, big-name consortium TransCelerate BioPharma has published a guide on how to redact documents.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific have begun using Box as their main platform for managing and collaborating on content.
Less than one year has passed since a $760,000, Mark Cuban-backed seed round put Validic on the map, but the firm and its health data aggregation platform have come a long way in the intervening months. And with Validic's scale and ambition growing, the company has raised $5 million in first round funding.
Over the past year, many tech heavyweights have begun moving into the mHealth sector. Developers got an early look at Google's offering this week, with the search giant releasing a preview version of its APIs for health app developers.