This one is about the Continua Heath Alliance. It is something I keep an eye on as it may be a source of data standardization.
So for my few fellow geeks, here is a link to the latest state of the Alliance bit from Continua.
One of the key recommendations is that the buyers of personal health solutions need to understand and value interoperability, and demand it from vendors.
“The project partners share the belief that if Europe wants to reap the full benefit of personal health systems, health stakeholders must understand the benefits of interoperability, and be empowered to demand those systems from vendors”, says Veli Stroetmann, researcher at Empirica. “Only if there are buyers who demand interoperable systems, vendors will bring them to market.”
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... to follow up on our conversation from last week about the recently halted metreleptin study, which you had asked about. As we discussed, Amylin and Takeda Pharmaceutical Companies recently suspended clinical activities in an ongoing Phase 2 study examining the safety and effectiveness of an investigational combination therapy using pramlintide and metreleptin for the treatment of obesity. This is a separate trial from the metreleptin study JDRF and Amylin are collaborating on.They go on to say:
As for the metreleptin study that JDRF and Amylin Pharmaceuticals are partnering on, we, along with The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas (the institution where the trial is taking place) will continue to monitor trial participants in accordance with the team’s diligent safety monitoring strategy, which has been approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board and FDA. Additionally, in light of the recent findings with metreleptin in the above-mentioned obesity trial, the team has consulted with the FDA and will continue to as the study proceeds.So there you have it folk, I was wrong when I thought they were the same investigation. I don't think I wrote anything here about that confusion but I am sure I was confusing none the less. On the plus side, I now know how to get fast answers to questions like, “Hey was that the Amylin study JDRF did an IDDP with?“ when I am reading the news.
“Yes, as Medtronic previously announced, we are globally restructuring our business to align with our customer needs and the current business environment. We are continuing to invest where business is growing and see strong growth in the diabetes division. However, we are restructuring the diabetes business in order to increasing operating efficiencies, while creating the infrastructure to grow and serve more customers.
“For example, we decided that a single facility focused solely on customer experience excellence will best meet the needs of our customers, so that means moving some positions from Northridge, CA to our Customer Care Center in San Antonio, TX.
“Our customers can rest assured that we're committed to continuing to advance technology and innovation, while leading the industry in education, service and support to improve the lives of people with diabetes around the world.”
NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMLN) announced today that they have entered into a research collaboration agreement to provide financial support for a series of clinical studies to investigate the feasibility of mixing pramlintide, an analog of the human hormone amylin, with insulin to treat type 1 diabetes. Pramlintide, marketed by Amylin as SYMLIN® (pramlintide acetate) injection, is approved for use as an adjunct treatment in patients with diabetes who use mealtime insulin therapy and who have failed to achieve desired glucose control despite optimal insulin therapy. SYMLIN and insulin are currently not approved to be mixed and must be administered as separate injections.
Read the full press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jdrf-and-amylin-partner-to-investigate-co-formulating-two-hormones-for-treatment-of-type-1-diabetes-121555613.html
Widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and expansion of patient registries present opportunities to improve patient care and population health and advance translational research. However, optimal integration of patient registries with EHR functions and aggregation of regional registries to support national or global analyses will require the use of standards. Currently, there are no standards for patient registries and no content standards for health care data collection or clinical research, including diabetes research. Data standards can facilitate new registry development by supporting reuse of well-defined data elements and data collection systems, and they can enable data aggregation for future research and discovery. This article introduces standardization topics relevant to diabetes patient registries, addresses issues related to the quality and use of registries and their integration with primary EHR data collection systems, and proposes strategies for implementation of data standards in diabetes research and management.
J Diabetes Sci Technol 2011;5(3):476-485
Real-time continuous glucose monitoring significantly improves A1C compared with SMBG in patients with T2DM not taking prandial insulin. This technology might benefit a wider population of people with diabetes than previously thought.