Duke Personalized Health Blog

Dr. Ralph Snyderman Wins AAMC David E. Rogers Award

Dr. Ralph Snyderman will be awarded the AAMC’s David E. Rogers Award on Saturday evening, November 3, 2012, in San Francisco. The winners of this year’s awards were announced by the AAMC yesterday. The Roger’s Award is based on a

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The Supreme Court has ruled, but what really matters is reforming health care delivery!

The factious debate regarding the constitutionality of the Accountable Care Act (ACA) is over. The Supreme Court has ruled that the law is constitutional, including the health insurance mandate which was judged to be a tax. Health care reform will

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Avoiding a Health Care Bubble

The recent report from the Department of Labor showing that the United States economy added just 69,000 jobs in May was met with surprise and disappointment and has had an immediate effect on the presidential campaign as well as the

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Hats Off to Sanjay Gupta – A Strong Voice for Personalized Health Care

I have spent almost 40 years as an academic physician involved in research, teaching, practice, and administration. During this past decade, I have become increasingly convinced of the need to change health care from its current disease event-oriented approach to

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Personalized Health Care Drives Progress in Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is the leading professional organization committed to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention, and delivery of high quality patient care. Its Annual Meeting provides a forum where major advances in cancer are presented to

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Paul Krugman Gets It Wrong: The Consumer Should be the Boss in Health Care

In a New York Times editorial of April 21, 2011, Paul Krugman writes, “Patients are Not Consumers” then derides proposals to voucher Medicare as he feels this would turn patients into consumers. While not addressing the wisdom of vouchers for

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Personalized Health Care: Science Provides Solutions

My interest in personalized health care began approximately a dozen years ago when as Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University, I realized that emerging sciences and technologies were creating medical capabilities never before known. Through the power of genomics,

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If States Opt-Out of the ACA, Will They Opt-In to Creating Better Models of Care?

Earlier this week, President Obama indicated his support for legislation that would let States opt-out of the Accountable Care Act in 2014 rather than in 2017. The President stipulated that States would be free to provide their own approaches for

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PPACA Uncertainty but the Central Issue Remains

Earlier this week, a Virginia judge ruled a key provision of PPACA to be unconstitutional. The individual mandate, requiring the purchase of health insurance by all is a key requirement within PPACA that provides the financial resources to support other

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To fix our economy, we must reform health care delivery

The dominant political debate of the day regards the form of tax legislation needed to prevent major tax increases beginning in January 2011. Underlying this debate is the weakness of our economy and the loss of employment for so many

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