Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC 2015-06-01 04:54:12
Making Big Data Meaningful to Cardiology "Big data is being generated by everything around us at all times. Every digital process and social media exchange produces it. Systems, sensors and mobile devices transmit it. Big data is arriving from multiple sources at an alarming velocity, volume and variety. To extract meaningful value from big data, you need optimal processing power, analytics capabilities and skills." - IBM This issue of Cardiology focuses on "big data" and what opportunities are ahead for the field of medicine. As Robert Wachter writes in his book, The Digital Doctor, "[Big data's] introduction into health care is relatively recent, owing mostly to the availability of five relatively new data sources: clinical data from electronic health records, genetic data, government data such as physician billing patterns, data from social media and digital devices, and data from sensors, both wearable and otherwise." The College has been at the forefront of this effort with its collection of data from our NCDR registries. We must now look at other areas and explore how we can continue to improve cardiovascular medicine. In this issue, we also get a closer look at several of the College's leaders, including Robert Shor, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC's Board of Governors; Shashank Sinha, MD, chair of the Fellows in Training Section; and Anthony Hilliard, MD, FACC, chair of the Early Career Section. It also highlights the College's many leadership programs in place to help develop the future leaders of the College. We also learn more about Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, MACC, who received the Master of the ACC (MACC) designation during ACC.15 in San Diego; and Robert Califf, MD, MACC, who recently became the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco in late February. The issue spotlights a huge milestone that recently occurred with the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) legislation, which permanently repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), among other things. This ended the vicious cycle of delays and patches associated with the SGR, which has created uncertainty for Medicare patients and clinicians for more than a decade. Other areas in Advocacy are also highlighted where our members and staff have been particularly active, including the 21st Century Cures initiative, and efforts to create a value-driven health care system, ensure patient access to care and cardiovascular practice stability, foster research and innovation in cardiovascular care, improve population health, and more. Lastly, it includes a letter from me and other ACC leaders about the changes in re-certifi cation by the American Board of Internal Medicine. We outline the ACC's most recent efforts and note that the College is positioning itself to look for the best ways to help its members and their patients in proceeding forward. This next year is sure to be a busy one, and I am honored to serve as your President!
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