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Affordable DNA Sequencing, Improved Imaging Technologies, Move the PM Ball Forward Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Slashing the cost of DNA sequencing is a prerequisite to making genomic medicine widely available and early this week, a new contender—Complete Genomics—emerged with a pledge to hit the $1000 genome price perhaps by this spring. My colleague and Bio-IT World’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Davies, was one the journalists to receive a comprehensive briefing and has charted the new company’s ambitious plans in an article posted online.

McKesson’s Personalized Medicine Prospects Digital HealthCare & Productivity | McKesson is jockeying for a prominent position in the rapidly evolving personalized medicine race, developing capabilities for next-generation electronic health records (EHRs), says Andrew Mellin, vice president for Predictive Care Solutions. The San Francisco-based health care giant formed this new group last year within the Life Sciences division, focusing in particular on tweaking its Horizon Clinicals products—decision support and physician order entry—to support advancements in genomics, genetic testing, and bioinformatics as they emerge.

Open Source Research Tool Digital HealthCare & Productivity | The virtual operating room may be a step closer to reality, thanks to the latest version of 3D Slicer, a new generation of freeware that has already been used for brain mapping, image guided surgery, virtual colonoscopy, and other biomedical research. The aptly named “Slicer” provides different views of the same subject on demand, such as vivid 3-D images of the brain, created from the raw data of two-dimension magnetic resonance (MR) images.

New Frontiers in PHRs Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Normally talk about “new ecosystems” might be heard at a wildlife conference, but it dominated the presentations given in Washington on September 17 during a conference on “New Frontiers in Personal Health Records” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Managing Risks in Health 2.0 Digital HealthCare & Productivity  | TORONTO—Interactive media with user-generated content, often generically referred to as Web 2.0, has taken off in health care in the last couple of years. But with all the options and convenience that blogs, wikis, social networking sites, chat rooms, and message boards have opened up for patients and providers alike, the technology known as health 2.0 or medicine 2.0 is not without risk.

MRI Calls for Health Mobile Phone Organization Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Taking another next step toward promoting the utility of mobile phones in health-IT, the Boston-based Medical Records Institute (MRI) is calling on other organizations and companies to join a new membership-based organization.

Is This the Year of the CMIO Break-out? Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Many health care organizations are well into the second or third phase of technology roll-out programs, and that is causing a profound transformation in some health-IT leadership positions.

The VistA Question Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Responding to an upcoming deadline set by Congress, the Military Health System announced last week that the Department of Defense (DoD) is looking at both VistA, used by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and its own AHLTA, developed by Northrop Grumman, in an effort to link the two and make them interoperable.

Mobile Medicine for the Developing World Digital HealthCare & Productivity | BELLAGIO, Italy—In the developing world, telemedicine and mobile health care are as simple as a cell phone. “The growth that took place in mobile phones was because we were responding to a basic need to communicate,” suggests Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Group.

Storing the Data Deluge Digital HealthCare & Productivity | If two trillion filing cabinets—or one billion terabytes—sounds like too much data to deal with, brace yourself. This exponential growth of data is straining storage and long-term archiving resources, says IBM's Dr. Richard Bakalar, chief medical officer.

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This podcast brings together two industry leaders to focus on the issues that divide sponsors and sites. On the one hand sites and sponsors unite in advancing better health care through a common passion for developing better drugs. Yet some issues divide them and bridges need to be built or mended to advance the highest levels of cooperation, coordination and success in clinical trials. Listen as the key issues are debated from the site and the sponsor side and new methods and technology are advanced that offer near-term and lasting solutions.

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