Leading Edge

ASN President's Column July 2016

In this month's column, ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN discusses initiatives that are changing the practice landscape in nephrology.

Kidney Disease is the 9th Leading Cause of Death in the US

Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

EHR Usability: The Need for Standards

"Without standards for process measures and user profiles, generalization of outcomes is nearly impossible as there is nothing to assure that researchers are using the same terms and concepts in the same way.   Lacking standards, results suffer from poor external validity, applying to one system and one set of users at one time and one place. " 

What Will Brexit Mean for UK Science?

From hiring scientists to funding research, UK science will have to make some adjustments attendant upon the UK's "leave" decision.

Addressing the Ethics of Expedited Drug Approval

"Expedited development and regulatory approval pathways for prescription drugs at FDA present ethical and policy dilemmas regarding the balance between more timely access to promising new drugs for patients in need and assuring that new drugs are effective and safe." 

First CRISPR Clinical Trial Receives Advisory Panel Approval

First CRISPR clinical trial could start by the end of this year.

HHS Announces $20 Million to Help Practices Adapt to MACRA

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced $20 million in funding to train and educate Medicare physicians at small group practices to help implement changes required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). 

Are EHRs Ready for Precision Medicine?

Precision medicine offers exciting possibilities for advancing research and patient care. But can health care support it?

Fix EHRs for the Sake of Patients, Senator Says

Does EHR software need to follow the "First Do No Harm" rule? Senator Bill Cassidy thinks so.

ASN President's Column June 2016

When I think back over the time that I have been in nephrology, I am struck by how many advances we have made in our understanding of kidney function and the pathogenesis of kidney disease.