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Improving Quality of Diagnostic Data

Improving Quality of Diagnostic Data

Dr. Carolyn Compton, a panelist at the upcoming 2016 Health Connect South event September 21, took time out to join me on the show to talk about the need for improving the quality of data we get through diagnostic testing through better control of how specimens are gathered, handled, and stored.

She shared an example of how a specimen, collected knowing it was positive for tumor cells, can be made to return a “Negative” result for cancer if the specimen is not handled properly once it’s been collected.   She will be talking about how many factors can affect the validity and thus, value, of given tests if there exists a wide range of variance across the pre-diagnostic phase of test gathering.

A pathologist by profession, Dr. Comptom is very familiar with how significant the impact can be if diagnostic testing is unreliable due to practices that could be prevented.  Insuring that we are making decisions using the best, highest quality data available, means we need to look for any areas where variability creates what in essence is data artifact.

Arizona State University ranked by US News and World Report as the most innovative university in the
country and is the #1 producer of Fulbright scholars. Mayo Clinic is ranked by US News and World Report
as the best hospital in the US. NBDA is a 501C3 dedicated to collaboratively developing and implementing the cross­cutting standards needed to re­engineer the biomarker development process and increase its success rate, a critical issue and limiting factor for the implementation of precision medicine.

Special Guest:

Dr. Carolyn Compton, MD

Professor Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic


Precision Medicine

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Dr. Dan Roden

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Damon Hostin

Precision Medicine

On this week’s episode I talked with two healthcare leaders who are experts in precision medicine.  One, Dr. Dan Roden, is one of the leading researchers on pharmacogenomic testing and its impact on patient outcomes at Vanderbilt University.  His work, along with colleagues at Vanderbilt and nationally, is contributing to the growing body of evidence supporting the value of personalized care.  The other was Damon Hostin, Administrative Vice President, Precision Medicine, at Catholic Health Initiatives, an organization that is an early adopter among health care systems putting precision medicine into action in their hospitals.  Their two perspectives give insight into the “Why’s” and “How’s” of implementing precision medicine within our healthcare delivery model.

After obtaining his MD and completing internship, Dr. Dan Roden went to Vanderbilt where he trained in Clinical Pharmacology and Cardiology, and has been a faculty member there since. His initial career focus – that he has maintained – was studies of the clinical, genetic, cellular, and molecular basis of arrhythmia susceptibility and variability responses to arrhythmia therapies.

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Roden has led Vanderbilt’s broader efforts in pharmacogenomics discovery and implementation.  He is principal investigator for the Vanderbilt sites of the National Institutes of Health’s Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) and the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network. He directs the Vanderbilt DNA databank BioVU, a discovery resource that as of spring 2014 included >175,000 samples linked to deidentified electronic medical records.  He is a leader in Vanderbilt’s PREDICT project that since 2010 has been preemptively embedded pharmacogenomic variant data in the electronic medical records of >14,000 Vanderbilt patients; as of April 2013, PREDICT displays information on 5 drug-gene pairs and delivers point of care decision support when a target drug is prescribed to patients with variant genotypes.

Prior to joining Catholic Health Initiatives, Damon was a clinical business lead for Complete Genomics and Strategic Diagnostics. Earlier, Mr. Hostin served as VP of Scientific Operations for GenVis Labs, a genetic diagnostic company purchased by Pfizer in 2008.  At Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Hostin managed alliances and licensing for the development of oncology therapeutic  candidates.  Earlier he served as Team Leader of Sequencing, at Celera Genomics- where he was co-published on the Human and Drosophila genome papers in Science as well as contributed to the launch of the commercial genomic database.  Mr. Hostin’s education includes undergraduate studies at Tulane University; Master’s studies at Harvard University; and certificate programs at The Institute for Genomic Research, the NIH, and Wharton.

In its discussion of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, the National Institute of Health states, “Far too many diseases do not have a proven means of prevention or effective treatments. We must gain better insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral influences on these diseases to make a difference for the millions of Americans who suffer from them. Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. While some advances in precision medicine have been made, the practice is not currently in use for most diseases.

That’s why on January 20, 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI) (link is external) in his State of the Union address. Through advances in research, technology and policies that empower patients, the PMI will enable a new era of medicine in which researchers, providers and patients work together to develop individualized care.

The President called for $215 million in fiscal year 2016 to support the Initiative, which includes several components with efforts from across the federal government. Of this total proposed budget, $130 million was allocated to NIH to build a national, large-scale research participant group, called a cohort, and $70 million was allocated to the National Cancer Institute to lead efforts in cancer genomics as part of PMI for Oncology.

Special Guests:

Dr. Dan Roden, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Personalized Medicine, Vanderbilt University Pinterest LOGO  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  youtube-logo1  facebook_logo_small3  flickr (2)  tumblr logo

Damon Hostin, Administrative Vice President, Precision Medicine, Catholic Health Initiatives   facebook_logo_small3  youtube-logo1  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1