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Is there such thing as too much data? For doctors, yes. (Best of MedCitizens)

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: syndication partners and MedCity News readers who discuss life science current events on MedCityNews.com. Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say.

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: syndication partners and MedCity News readers who discuss life science current events on MedCityNews.com.

Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say:

Doctors are drowning in too much data, not enough appropriate information. “There’s so much data that we risk doctors becoming lost in it. It is entirely possible that we are in danger of not being able to find our most important clinical signals amongst the noise and clutter of all the data. Worse: time with patients is disappearing.”

Four drugs – each creating a tough dilemma. “One dilemma is whether or how to pay for a very expensive medication and the other is whether one should consider using a drug, approved for another indication, if in an animal model of a serious condition it holds promise but has not been properly vetted in human clinical trials nor approved for this indication by the FDA. ”

A GOP win in November may not mean the end of the ACA. “If the law is repealed it has to be replaced with something. That something will be a tough sell – assuming Republicans can even agree on what it is.”

How ‘just making sure’ and ‘doing what it takes’ cost tens of billions of dollars. “Among hospitals and physicians, especially as it relates to Medicare, there is a lot of conflicting pressure between clinical efficacy and the need to generate revenue; Medicare is essentially a blank check; Health plans aren’t doing their jobs on behalf of their customers as a population; And as the pressures on health expenditures rise, political and clinical leaders are going to have to confront the reality of ‘blank check’ medicine.”

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