The Value of Health Data — Clinical Trials

The Value of Health Data — Clinical TrialsUdeMNouvelles — Université de MontréalLast year, when we first began helping cancer patients collect their medical records, I had a conversation with the wife of a cancer patient to gage her interest in having her husband’s cancer records.He was just getting ready to begin chemotherapy for liver cancer, and she...

Asking For A Friend

I often get asked whether a close friend or family member can ask for another individual’s medical records. The very sick often have little energy to devote to obtaining their records, a time and energy-consuming process, so friends and family members frequently act as caregivers, and they are eager to...

Overcoming the Obstacles

Sitting in the office of Dr. Alexander Swistel at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an internationally-recognized breast surgeon who has pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatments, I watched my 70 year old mother being examined after her third breast cancer diagnosis in 20 years. She...

Dinosaur Technology

Stacey Tinianov, one of the most passionate advocates for cancer awareness I’ve ever met, wrote this week: “It is NOT hyperbole to say health data portability will save lives.” I think the inverse is also true. It is NOT hyperbole to say that a lack of health data portability will continue...

Better Coordinated Care

In our last epic post, our CEO Anil cited a somewhat surprising development from a recent Politico article: the falling cost of Medicare’s spending per patient. Politico actually has an entire section devoted to the future of Medicare that explores where America’s largest single purchaser of health care could be...