One week after striking a deal with Foundation Medicine, Google Ventures-backed cancer analytics firm Flatiron Health has hooked up with Vector Oncology to advance its clinical research and real-world evidence activities.
Humana has opened up another way for healthcare researchers to access its vault of data. The insurance giant has agreed to add its information to PearlDiver's database, a resource that at the last count contained 1.1 billion HIPAA-compliant patient records.
Bioinformatics has taken another step toward cementing itself in the life sciences mainstream. The latest validation of the importance of informatics comes from the Association for Molecular Pathology, which has established a subdivision focused on the field.
J. Craig Venter's Human Longevity, Inc. has added another piece to the data tapestry it is creating. The new addition is a registry of 11,000 twins, complete with phenotypic information and paired samples.
Boehringer Ingelheim has completed a pilot project to assess whether it is best served by its current electronic laboratory notebook technology. The process led to Boehringer deciding to phase out use of multiple in-house systems and replace them with IDBS' E‑WorkBook Suite.
Geisinger Health System has added another component to the genomic variant database it is helping to create as part of a $25 million National Institutes of Health initiative. The new addition gives patients the option to submit their genetic test results and other health information to a registry.
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.