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    Pop health project finds new ties between health, finances, location


    Similar big data projects

    RTI International, a health and pharmaceutical research and policy thinktank, also is looking to find intersections between economics and health using big data. It received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to do so.

    The organization will use data from the Project Data Sphere (PDS) to look at health and financial factors that impact 1.7 million people with cancer. The PDS is a not-for-profit initiative by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s Life Sciences Consortium. Data from PDS contains blinded patient information from 70 trials. Researchers from RTI will also be using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey survey data from patients and their medical providers.

    “Through this project, we’re providing a way to bring a broader perspective to cancer clinical trial data, which enhances the analytic capacity of Project Data Sphere with nationally representative healthcare data that does not typically characterize a controlled study,” said Steve Cohen, PhD, vice president for the RTI International Division of Statistical and Data Sciences, in a statement.

    The research began in March 2017, and will continue through fall of 2017.

    “This is groundbreaking research,” said Martin J. Murphy, Jr, PhD, chief executive officer of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, in a statement. “This study will not only shed new light on the socioeconomic circumstances of cancer patients in clinical trials, but also it will help speed the development of new cancer fighting drugs, bringing life-lengthening benefits to both those who join clinical trials, as well as for countless other cancer patients.”



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