Special Issue Looks at Informatics Tools for Cancer Research and Care — Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Implementation
Dr. Juli Klemm, NCI program director and coordinator of NCI’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program, and Dr. Jeremy Warner, associate professor of medicine and biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University, recently served as guest editors on a special issue of JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics. The issue features articles describing ITCR tools that are helping to advance cancer research and care.
Articles explore applications that help researchers manage, combine, and understand biological data, as well as tools that can help clinicians translate that knowledge into practice. In addition to existing tools, Drs. Warner and Klemm note that, “Advanced decision support, artificial intelligence, information extraction and presentation, and predictive analytics are all likely to make their way into clinical environments in the next 5 to 10 years.” Such tools will be critical for advancing the field of precision medicine and improving clinicians’ ability to identify, treat, and manage cancer.