The Role of Big Data Personalizing the Healthcare Experience: Genomics

  Genomics is making headlines in both academia and the celebrity world.  When genetic tests revealed that Angelina Jolie was predisposed to breast cancer, intense media cover ensued. Since then, genetic testing and genomics have been propelled to the front of…

Seeing Inside the Chemical Reactions of Our Body

Three main components lead to a better understanding of disease mechanisms and subsequently creating more effective treatments; genes, proteins, and metabolites.  But what are metabolites and what role do they play in human disease? What are Metabolites? Metabolites are small…

Learning that Germs Can Be Our Friends

There are trillions of bacteria that make up the human microbiome.  How do scientists study all the bacteria, their interactions, and their effect on disease? What is Metagenomics? Metagenomics is a rapidly growing field of research that focuses on the…

(Part 3) The Data “Revolution” in Healthcare: Obstacles and Opportunities

Part Three: Election Day special: Regulatory Obstacles (continued from Part Two) By Ellen Martin Here is a 352-page description of US healthcare regulation as of 2006: Robert I. Field’s Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation, and Compromise. It is always mind…

(Part 2) The Data “Revolution” in Healthcare: Obstacles and Opportunities

Part Two: Healthcare Structural Issues (continued from Part One) By Ellen Martin First, let’s recognize the fundamental market disconnect between providers, patients and third-party payers like employers, insurance companies, and managed care. This detachment is a fundamental reason as to why…

(Part 1) The Data “Revolution” in Healthcare: Obstacles and Opportunities

Part One: Introduction By Ellen Martin As evidenced by StrataRx, as well as our Hype and Hope white paper, expectations run high regarding data’s potential to transform healthcare: lower costs, fewer errors, and better patient outcomes. So high, indeed, as…