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Making Healthcare Smarter: Quest Diagnostics

September 2nd, 2016
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Industry leader Quest Diagnostics recently announced the release of CogniSense, its digital cognitive testing technology. This important new tool is designed to help physicians and accountable care organizations (ACO) improve the detection and monitoring of patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other types of cognitive dysfunction.

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Medical innovation takes a village… or an ecosystem

June 10th, 2016
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In 1996, Hillary Clinton used the opening of the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” as the title and central theme of a best-selling book that helped launched a political career in her own right. Today, a full 20 years later – roughly the amount of time it takes to fully raise a baby into an independent adult – she is still very actively pursuing her goals.

While this column takes no position on Ms. Clinton as a candidate, both the proverb and the time horizon in question are good parallels for the development and adoption of important new medical advances. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Shooting at the Moon, Take Careful Aim Before Firing

February 23rd, 2016
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During his final State of the Union address, President Obama announced he is charging Vice President Biden with leading a new “moonshot” program to accelerate the pace of improvements in cancer care. While the goal is certainly laudable, I share the “sense of déjà vu” that was eloquently expressed by Vinay Prasad in his recent editorial1 in which he recounts the limited progress seen in the Nixon-era War on Cancer, and even more recently in the G.W. Bush era, when then-NCI Director Andrew Van Eschenbach testified that we could rid the world of cancer by 2010 for just $600 million per year.
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