Updates from the Institute

Translating ‘Omics’ into Clinical Practice: New JCO Article Highlights ASCO Workshop to Improve Health-IT to Provide Precision Oncology-Based Care to Cancer Patients

A new article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) summarizes the discussions of ASCO’s “Omics and Precision Oncology Workshop,” led by the CancerLinQ Oncology Informatics Task Force (formerly the ASCO Health Information Technology Workgroup), along with the key challenges and recommendations identified by the participants. ASCO held the workshop last October, to begin to address four issues identified at the Data Standards and Interoperability Summit held earlier in the year: omics and precision oncology, advancing interoperability, patient engagement, and value-based oncology.

ASCO Launches CENTRA, a New Hub for Cancer Care Research, Data, and Analysis

ASCO has announced the launch of its Center for Research & Analytics (CENTRA), which aims to make an array of cancer data available to the oncology community and provide consultation and support for research and analysis. To help guide the program, ASCO has appointed Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD, to serve as ASCO's Director of Biostatistics and Data Management division.

Specialty Societies Support Congressional Effort to Ease Burdens Compromising Patient Care

ASCO has joined a coalition of more than a dozen specialty societies in supporting an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to relieve the significant administrative burdens and financial penalties slated to be imposed on physicians in 2018 as part of the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS)—due to be released this summer. ASCO is concerned about the impact these burdens could have on patient care since oncologists would have to juggle the requirements of multiple Medicare quality improvement programs in addition to time spent providing patient care.