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ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche’s cancer drug Avastin failed to make a statistically significant difference to survival rates of patients with a common form of brain cancer in a late-stage study, the company said on Saturday.

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Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 10, 2012

Critical Path Institute and CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium) announce the availability of a breakthrough tool to help combat tuberculosis (TB)a persistent disease resulting in 1.7 million deaths globally each year.

This new toola standardized way to report research datais critical for advancing new TB drug regimens. For the first time, researchers are able to combine and evaluate data from multiple studies using a common approach. This will help accelerate the development of new TB drugs by enhancing the design of clinical trials and the evaluation of new drugs. The TB data standards will also assist the regulatory review process for new drug development tools, such as clinical trial simulation models and methods to evaluate treatment endpoints.

The scope of this project was immense and its delivery in nine months was made possible by the smooth collaboration among C-Path, CDISC, FDA, industry partners and the many volunteers who participated in this effort through the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens initiative, says Dr. Carolyn Compton, President and CEO of Critical Path Institute.

The Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative is a global collaboration among pharmaceutical companies, academia, patient advocacy groups, and regulatory bodies having the shared goal of accelerating the development of new drug regimens targeting TB.

A tremendous amount of innovation has enabled an exciting new era of TB drug development, says Dr. Mel Spigelman, President and CEO, TB Alliance. To support a regimen-based development approach, the research and regulatory communities need new standards and platforms to help conduct, submit, and review this work. This new standard is an example of such a tool and will benefit both researchers and regulators, ultimately helping to ensure new TB cures reach those who need them as quickly as possible.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified TB as one of several disease areas having a critical need for data standards. CDISC is very pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the FDA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, and C-Path to complete this TB standard work, based in part on preliminary work conducted through a National Institutes of Health Roadmap grant and clinical terminology support provided through our partnership with the National Cancer Institutes Enterprise Vocabulary Services, says Bron Kisler, VP, Strategic Initiatives and CDISC lead on the project. CDISC standards are vendor-neutral, platform independent, and publically available through the CDISC website at http://www.cdisc.org/therapeutic.

Future CDISC therapeutic area data standards will be developed under the leadership of CFAST (Coalition For Accelerating Standards and Therapies), a joint endeavor between C-Path and CDISC to accelerate clinical research and medical product development by creating and maintaining data standards, tools, and methods for conducting research in therapeutic areas important to public health.

ABOUT CRITICAL PATH INSTITUTE (C-PATH): Established in 2005 as a non-profit organization, C-Path was formed with public and private philanthropic support from the University of Arizona, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Tucson community. Additional funding has been provided by Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz). C-Path is committed to improving human health and well-being by developing new technologies and methods to accelerate the development and review of medical products. An international leader in forming collaborations around this mission, C-Path has established global, public-private partnerships that include more than 1,000 scientists from government regulatory agencies, academia, patient advocacy organizations, and 41 major pharmaceutical companies. C-Path has headquarters in Tucson, AZ and an office in Rockville, MD. For more information, visit http://www.c-path.org and follow us on Facebook.

ABOUT CDISC

CDISC is a 501(c)(3) global non-profit charitable organization, with nearly 300 supporting member organizations from across the clinical research and healthcare arenas. Through the efforts of volunteers around the globe, CDISC catalyzes productive collaboration to develop industry-wide data standards enabling the harmonization of clinical data and streamlining research processes from protocol through analysis and reporting, including the use of electronic health records to facilitate the collection of high quality research data. The CDISC standards and innovations can decrease the time and cost of medical research and improve quality, thus contributing to the faster development of safer and more effective medical products and a learning healthcare system. The CDISC Vision is to inform patient care and safety through higher quality medical research.







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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 13, 2012

Sheila Cooper, a Principal at CSG Government Solutions, was a featured speaker at the 7th WEDI Summer Forum held last month in Fairfax, Virginia.

Sheila leads CSGs health insurance exchange (HIX) Center of Excellence, dedicated to research and development of best practices in HIX planning and implementation. At the WEDI forum she shared her expertise on state exchanges, describing the new landscape, federal requirements, and resulting impacts on the health insurance marketplace.

Sheila has 18 years of state government experience in health and human service programs, says Andrea Danes, Director of CSGs Healthcare and Human Services practice. This experience, combined with her wide-ranging work in the Medicaid program and health insurance exchanges, provides a wealth of knowledge for states as they embark on implementing their own HIX, and the broader healthcare industry as stakeholders begin to participate in these exchanges.

The 7th WEDI Summer Forum assembled healthcare professionals from across the nation to discuss the major health IT issues currently facing the industry, as well as strategies to approach these new challenges.

CSG Government Solutions continues to increase its presence across the United States. The company deploys highly experienced teams and its CSG REALize collection of innovative methods, knowledge, and tools to help governments modernize complex program enterprises. CSG clients include over 30 state governments, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and large municipal governments.

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Chicago, IL 60601

312.444.2760 Fax: 312.938.2191

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CSG Government Solutions is a growing government operations consulting firm focused on helping states modernize critical program enterprises. Our highly experienced teams employ our CSG REALize collection of innovative methods, knowledge and tools to help governments modernize their technology and business processes to meet the challenges of administering increasingly complex programs. Founded in 1997, CSG has established itself as a trusted adviser to government agencies throughout the U.S.







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(Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc said on Wednesday it expects data from a large study of its cholesterol drug Zetia to be available in 2014, instead of 2013.

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Online Data Entry Jobs - Coding And Medical Billing

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche has ended efforts to develop a heart disease drug that according to some industry analysts could have achieved $ 10 billion annual sales, after poor results from a late stage trial.

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Transforming Healthcare: Better Data for Better Care

Much has been said, written and continues to be written every day about the successes and more often – the failings of our health care system. For those of us who live in the world of health care and health IT every day, we are right at the focal point of a lot of national attention. And, rightly so. From a cost perspective, our health care system is fundamentally broken given its costs and our health care performance compared to many developed countries that spend significantly less.
This conclusion has often been stated, sometimes aggressively, and has been a catalyst for much of the recent attempts at reform – yet we have not focused the debate on the results we seek as a society, just merely on payment methodologies and a few band-aids or attempts at moving to nebulous concepts such as “evidence-based” or “accountable care.” The results I would suggest we seek are actually the improved delivery of care for all at a more reasonable share of national income.
How much good conversation is actually occurring? How many good questions are being asked? How would we know? I ask this because it seems that in spite of all the national attention and the hyper-attentiveness of our nation’s leaders to health care and in particular, electronic patient record adoption – are we making much forward progress?
In some cases, clearly the answers are a resounding “Yes!” Electronic record adoption is on the rise and certainly the incentives proposed by the Federal government over the last few years will probably only accelerate this trend.
In other cases, we still see health IT systems that are arcane and proprietary and most importantly are fragmented within and across institutions. Most health care delivery organizations have hundreds of separate and disconnected technologies that do not share data even internally – let alone a full-fledged health information exchange (HIE) capability at a local, state, or national level.
If we seek to improve care, extend access to all, and do both of these in a more cost-effective manner – transformative change is required. Much of this change may be systemic in nature and beyond the scope of fairly apolitical health IT experts such as the authors of the book you are reading. Yet, we posit clearly in this work the following principles:
• How we deliver care can be fundamentally changed, extended, supported, and enriched by a host of different operating concepts that are made possible by changes in technology.
• The cost of care can be radically changed through better use and exchange of information.
• The quality of care can be dramatically improved through better use and exchange of information.
• Transforming health care really is about how we design the delivery of care and how it is supported by better data for both consumers and providers.

This change will not be easy nor will it come without disruption. Most industries that have deployed new technologies to streamline processes, improve performance, and reduce costs – de facto, see major changes in industry structure.
It is not just my records or prescriptions that are at issue. What about the exponential increase in types and forms of data produced across the care continuum and how that data on my care can be used to greater effect? We are actively working some projects now where multiple imaging technologies, genomic data, metabolomic data and clinical notes all converge to provide an enormous pool of information which must be sifted for patterns and nuggets which might lead to new discoveries for the particular patient or for care more broadly. What about the amazing phenomenon of social networking for health reasons we have seen on the Internet? Can this be augmented and leverage for better care? As we see the continual increases in chronic disease and complex conditions, all the data at our disposal will be required to deliver and improve care.
To collaborate with us and keep up to date, visit us at www.evolvent.com.Much has been said, written and continues to be written every day about the successes and more often – the failings of our health care system. For those of us who live in the world of health care and health IT every day, we are right at the focal point of a lot of national attention. And, rightly so. From a cost perspective, our health care system is fundamentally broken given its costs and our health care performance compared to many developed countries that spend significantly less.
This conclusion has often been stated, sometimes aggressively, and has been a catalyst for much of the recent attempts at reform – yet we have not focused the debate on the results we seek as a society, just merely on payment methodologies and a few band-aids or attempts at moving to nebulous concepts such as “evidence-based” or “accountable care.” The results I would suggest we seek are actually the improved delivery of care for all at a more reasonable share of national income.
How much good conversation is actually occurring? How many good questions are being asked? How would we know? I ask this because it seems that in spite of all the national attention and the hyper-attentiveness of our nation’s leaders to health care and in particular, electronic patient record adoption – are we making much forward progress?
In some cases, clearly the answers are a resounding “Yes!” Electronic record adoption is on the rise and certainly the incentives proposed by the Federal government over the last few years will probably only accelerate this trend.
In other cases, we still see health IT systems that are arcane and proprietary and most importantly are fragmented within and across institutions. Most health care delivery organizations have hundreds of separate and disconnected technologies that do not share data even internally – let alone a full-fledged health information exchange (HIE) capability at a local, state, or national level.
If we seek to improve care, extend access to all, and do both of these in a more cost-effective manner – transformative change is required. Much of this change may be systemic in nature and beyond the scope of fairly apolitical health IT experts such as the authors of the book you are reading. Yet, we posit clearly in this work the following principles:
• How we deliver care can be fundamentally changed, extended, supported, and enriched by a host of different operating concepts that are made possible by changes in technology.
• The cost of care can be radically changed through better use and exchange of information.
• The quality of care can be dramatically improved through better use and exchange of information.
• Transforming health care really is about how we design the delivery of care and how it is supported by better data for both consumers and providers.

This change will not be easy nor will it come without disruption. Most industries that have deployed new technologies to streamline processes, improve performance, and reduce costs – de facto, see major changes in industry structure.
It is not just my records or prescriptions that are at issue. What about the exponential increase in types and forms of data produced across the care continuum and how that data on my care can be used to greater effect? We are actively working some projects now where multiple imaging technologies, genomic data, metabolomic data and clinical notes all converge to provide an enormous pool of information which must be sifted for patterns and nuggets which might lead to new discoveries for the particular patient or for care more broadly. What about the amazing phenomenon of social networking for health reasons we have seen on the Internet? Can this be augmented and leverage for better care? As we see the continual increases in chronic disease and complex conditions, all the data at our disposal will be required to deliver and improve care.
To collaborate with us and keep up to date, visit us at www.evolvent.com.

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Elan’s CEO will not resign as originally planned this spring, the company said Thursday, after the board asked him to remain during a pivotal analyses of a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

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Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

The Utah Education Network (UEN) working as a key partner of the Utah Data Alliance (UDA) has selected Choice Solutions to deliver a secure data warehouse of de-identified early childhood, K-12, post-secondary, and workforce data provided by multiple state agencies that will use this warehouse for analysis and research in support of data driven decision making.

Statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDSs) are a single solution to manage, disaggregate, analyze, and leverage education information within a state. In recent years, the scope of these systems has broadened from the K-12 spectrum to now encompass pre-kindergarten through higher education and workforce training (P-20W). This project requires information technology and education research expertise from all stakeholders involved to insure its success.

The challenge is in the linking, in determining how best to forge the organizational and technical bonds, and to build the data system needed to make informed decisions. Choice Solutions, the leader in P-20W SLDSs, has worked with 15 states across the nation to customize, integrate, and implement edFusion, their enterprise grade P-20W SLDS. Choices level of P-20W data linking experience, in concert with the edFusion product stack, will serve Utahs system requirements.

The P-20W SLDS project wont be a cold start to the partnership; the Utah State Office of Education and Choice (in partnership with Pearson Data Solutions) have been working together for the past year to implement the Utah e-Transcript and Record Exchange system (UTREx). UTREx is being phased into production with the core (collection, validation, reporting) functions having been implemented statewide in August 2011. In addition, UTREx allows individual, detailed student records to be exchanged electronically between any two Utah local education agencies (LEAs). UTREx is currently piloting submission of official student transcripts to any institution of higher education in the country from any Utah high school.

When complete, the P-20W SLDS project will produce accurate and timely data for education policy and decision makers and will yield improved student outcomes for the State of Utah.

About Choice Solutions

Choice Solutions is an end-to-end global Enterprise IT Service and Solutions provider with a proud tradition of helping educational entities build better citizens for tomorrow. Founded with a vision of partnering state and local agencies, Choice offers a holistic approach to moving and delivering Education information and services to the proper stakeholders. With a portfolio of trusted and quality solutions, Choice has the privilege of serving many government organizations, including 15 state Departments of Education and numerous districts, regional education centers, and privately run agencies.

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