Biden administration to launch cancer innovation accelerator, standardized cancer health record

The Biden administration unveiled 13 new initiatives to help cancer care and prevention, two of which include a standardized cancer health record and a public-private partnership aimed to boost cancer innovation.

The National Cancer Institute is launching a partnership to provide patient navigation support to families facing childhood cancer. The program, dubbed Childhood Cancer – Data Integration for Research, Education, Care, and Clinical Trials, will give families access to portable, shareable and standardized cancer health records, according to a Jan. 2 White House press release. 

The second initiative is a new national innovation accelerator called CancerX. 

CancerX, which will be led by the ONC and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, is a public-private partnership developed to boost cancer innovation.

The accelerator will focus on developing digital tools and software technology to improve cancer patient care coordination and communication. 

In addition, the accelerator will work with various startups in the biotech and health tech space to develop new tools that can help prevent, detect and treat cancer. 

These new initiatives were reignited one year after the Cancer Moonshot goal, which aims to reduce the cancer death rate by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years and improve the experience of people and family living with and surviving cancer.

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