publication date: Mar. 13, 2015

Related Coverage of Oncology Bioinformatics

ASCO’s Multi-Million Big Data Project Aspires to be the “Bedrock” of Oncology

The CancerLinQ database of electronic health records is going through testing at 15 practices, and will be made available for research projects later this year.

The database, launched and operated by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, was designed to pool millions of physician and patient records from practices and hospitals.

The professional society is investing $15 million to $20 million per year in the project.

ASCO CEO Allen Lichter Discusses CancerLinQ

Five years into the making of CancerLinQ, the American Society of Clinical Oncology is poised to become the next big player in oncology bioinformatics.

ASCO has enlisted the help of SAP, a large multinational corporation that specializes in enterprise software, to structure over 170,000 electronic medical records into a growing database that will be launched later this year.

Billed as a “physicians for physicians” product, CancerLinQ is expected to yield high quality data that only quality research proposals can access.

The Cancer Letter asked ASCO CEO Allen Lichter to describe the inner workings of CancerLinQ, and what sets it apart in a competitive EMR market.

Moffitt, Ohio State Form Network, Invite Major Cancer Centers to Join

Moffitt Cancer Center and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute earlier this week announced that they are constructing a bioinformatics framework that would enable a multi-center collaboration.

The network, called the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN, is seeking to form partnerships with other leading cancer centers in North America.

ORIEN has over 100,000 consented patients who have agreed to donate tissue and clinical data. The network will use a single protocol, Total Cancer Care, to create a collaborative, “rapid learning” environment that will share de-identified data to accelerate the development of targeted treatments.

Clifford Hudis: ASCO Vying for Big Role in Big Data

Also: ASCO President’s Conversation with The Cancer Letter Explores CancerLinQ

NCCN, McKesson Form Partnership To Build Clinical Support Software

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