Sign of the Times: CollabRx and Affymetrix Partner to Optimize Genetic Variant Annotation (GVA) Service

High-throughput DNA sequencing platforms are now widely available. As a result, personal genomes are being sequenced with increasing regularity in both research and clinical settings. However, the resulting and massive amounts of variants data continue to challenge those who would make sense of it all for us. And that is why you will continue to see collaborations like the one announced below —highly targeted and/or disease-specific. CollabRx, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLRX), a leading provider of software and IT systems that support clinical decision-making in oncology, and Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFFX), an industry leader in genomics analysis, yesterday announced an agreement to [...]


The Wrong Kind of Transparency: Obama Administration Wants to Expose Whistleblowers?

The Obama administration wants potential government whistleblowers to identify themselves, before the fact, by registering themselves and their intent with the FBI. There are few supporters of the idea, but they do exist. They suggest that it’s an appropriate way for the government to quickly distinguish between true insider threats and legitimate whistleblowing activity. Everyone else is pointing out that it’s a terrible idea, if not antithetical to the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, considered a landmark piece of legislation. Indeed, if whistleblowers were organized, the president’s action would be equated to union busting, as anonymity is likely more important [...]


High School Students Use Crowdsourcing to Find a Cure for Melanoma

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 1:44 PM

In a groundbreaking effort, 3,500 of the country’s top high school students will build the wor...


Consolidation Trend Continues: Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital Forming System

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 7:16 AM

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital are joining forces to form a new health care syste...


ICD-10 Industry Surveys Show Directly Conflicting Results

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 5:31 AM

Just before the transition to ICD-10 was officially delayed, NueMD conducted a survey of 1,300 healt...


University of Kentucky Hospital Joins Virginia Purchasing Collaborative

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 5:14 AM

The University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky., announced  today that it has joined the s...


Friday Rant: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…

Thomas Finn - April 11, 2014 11:21 AM

What happened to the good ol’ days –you know, when SCM vendor marketing budgets were pro...


Guide for Public Health and Primary Care Integration: The “Practical Playbook” Rolls Out Nationwide

Thomas Finn - April 10, 2014 1:17 PM

On March 5, 2014, the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers fo...


Less Than Half of Americans Polled Believe Humans Have Anything to Do with Climate Change

Thomas Finn - April 10, 2014 9:46 AM

In looking back at the winter that just came to a close, and according to a new Harris Poll, America...


Holding Patients Hostage: UPMC and Highmark Ripping the Community Benefit Standard to Shreds

Thomas Finn - April 9, 2014 4:50 PM

The Stockholm Syndrome is a phenomenon that occurs when people who are held hostage –by captor...


Direct Contracting Trend: aptitude Signs the West Coast Purchasing Coalition (WCPC)

Thomas Finn - April 9, 2014 4:58 AM

Late yesterday, aptitude announced that the West Coast Purchasing Coalition (WCPC), a 22-member hosp...


Premier Acquires MEMData –New Capabilities To Help Providers Reduce CAPEX and Construction Costs

Thomas Finn - April 8, 2014 2:43 PM

Premier, Inc. PINC +0.22% today announced it has acquired MEMdata, LLC, an equipment planning, sourc...


The Dust Settles on April Fools… Still Shopping for Clear Coffee?

Thomas Finn - April 8, 2014 7:25 AM

Well, the dust has settled on April Fools Day.  A week has passed, which means little to most of us...


Premier and American Society of Anesthesiologists To Develop Perioperative Surgical Home Collaborative

Thomas Finn - April 7, 2014 1:04 PM

In an initiative designed to improve patient experience, outcomes and reduce readmissions, the Ameri...


Millennials Showing More Anxiety About Financial Planning Issues Than Older Generations

Thomas Finn - April 7, 2014 6:22 AM

Younger Americans, including “millennials” age 25-34, show the highest level of concern ...


In Search of the Perfect Order?

Thomas Finn - April 4, 2014 5:39 AM

Realizing an ambitious goal makes us feel good. Setting a goal and failing to live up to it doesn’...