American Society of Clinical Oncology tool to use large swaths of data to improve cancer care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is creating a tool that will allow it to cull patient data from millions of electronic health records in an effort to improve cancer care, according to an announcement on the platform.

ASCO is using a database called CancerLinQ, which will be developed using an in-memory data management and application platform. The tool will also be able to securely process and analyze the patient data to provide clinical decision support to physicians.

"CancerLinQ will help improve cancer care by delivering the latest information to doctors no matter where they practice so that patients can receive high-quality, state-of-the-art care regardless of where they live," Clifford A. Hudis, M.D., ASCO's immediate past president, said in a statement. 

The first version of CancerLinQ is expected to be available by late 2015. Announcement

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