karmadata enables users to visualize and simply query the world’s healthcare data.  So why can’t the excel download sheets be simple to navigate as well?  Now they are!  The format of the existing download has greatly improved.  We have cleared away unnecessary columns and provide only the information that is important to you.  We have organized the columns and also added a different tab for clinical trials.  Now the user is able to toggle back and forth between a tab for clinical trials, and a tab for sponsors.

excel downloadThis download is clean, simple, and user friendly.  Feel free to jump up and down (like we did) when you realize how painless this excel sheet is to navigate through.

At the karmadata HQ the developers have been working diligently to create more filters to expand the abilities that Sponsor Finder has.  There have been multiple additions already and we want to share them with you.  The first addition that has been made is the visualizations of trial timelines.  This gives the user the ability to quickly see a comparison between the actual vs. expected for a trial as well as different events that have occured.

trial timeline

After running a Sponsor Finder search, you will be able to find these visualizations by clicking on the number of trials in the middle of the green circle.  This will bring you to the list of clinical trials page.  Right away you are able to see the trial timelines right under it’s trial listing.



Some of the events that you would be able to see on the timeline include: original/actual start and end dates, addition of trial sites, when a trial is announced, and enrollment dates.  The blue line is the current timeline and grey is the original timeline.  This will give our clients the ability to easily see trial delays/events instead of having to dig into the source.  In the end, saves you and your team time-which is what Sponsor Finder aims to do!  More updates on Sponsor Finder additions to follow.

California leads the way with roughly 8k EHR Meaningful Use Installs

California leads the way with roughly 8k EHR Meaningful Use Installs

On Monday, June 16th we were all ears when it came to NPR’s Morning Edition.  NPR’s Eric Whitney interviewed and featured karmadata on the segment Power to the Health Data Geeks, after karmadata won an award for myHealth.io at the 2014 Health Datapalooza.  We were very excited about this feature, almost as excited as when a new data set is released.

NPR News

NPR News

Listen to full interview here:

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We are pleased to announce some exciting new features just released to our Sponsor Finder app.  We have expanded the search capabilities for clinical events, enabling you to search among 10 different events in the clinical trial timeline.

karmadata Sponsor Finder Enhancement - Event Driven Data Mining

With the new Clinical Trial Events search box, located at the bottom of the search options, you can select one or more of the available options which include:

  • Announcement
  • Started (in the past as well as in the future)
  • Enrollment Started
  • Enrollment Completed
  • Delayed (if the trial completion date gets pushed out during trial enrollment)
  • Completed (in the past as well as in the future)
  • Withdrawn
  • Terminated
  • Suspended
Attach a timeframe to the event to further refine your search.For example to search for trials completing in the next 180 days, simply select Completed from the Clinical Trial Event selector and then Next 180 Days from the time selector.  For more customized timeframes, select before, between, or after to prompt a date selector.Enjoy, and as always feel free to reach out with comments or suggestions.


Select clinical trials completing in the next 6 months

The patient facing service created by karmadata wins an award for providing meaningful information to patients at the 2014 Health Datapalooza, a gathering of over 2,000 of the nation’s healthcare experts, which was held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — karmadata (www.karmadata.com) today announced the launch of MyHealth.io, a website that provides patients in need of surgery the ability to find the best surgeon in their area based on each surgeon’s volume and the quality of his or her affiliated hospital. On Tuesday, myHealth.io received one of three financial awards from the Health Data Consortium at the 2014 Health Datapalooza, and the karmadata team had the honor of presenting MyHealth.io to over 2,000 healthcare data experts and patient advocates from around the country.

myHealth.io is our opening salvo in creating free tools for patients, putting them in the driver’s seat for making informed decisions that impact their own healthcare,” said Sean Power, founder and CEO of karmadata. “Each year there are millions of surgeries performed in the U.S. and most patients have absolutely no way to comparison shop for their surgeon. Most surgical patients end up accepting a blind referral, typically from their primary care physician, without having access to important information.”


“The release of physician identifiable data from Medicare has changed all of that,” said Brendan Kelleher, Chief Data Scientist of karmadata. “We link surgical volumes by surgeon for each procedure to data on the surgeon’s hospital. This allows the patient to not only see which surgeon has performed the most procedures, but also specific quality ratings on the surgeon’s affiliated hospital drawn from patient surveys and quantitative performance metrics released each year by CMS. Now comparison shopping for a surgeon using important factors such as volume and quality is easy.”

“My job is to think about each patient’s experience on myHealth.io,” said Yesi Orihuela, Head of Design and UX of karmadata. “We built the site for healthcare consumers, not data or industry experts. Your journey on the site starts by entering your zip code. From there you are led step by step through a body map to find your surgery, a list of surgeons that perform it, and a map and data visualization that make it easy to identify and locate the surgeon that is best for you.”

About karmadata and MyHealth.io
karmadata is the world’s healthcare (big) data, simplified. Using big data and cloud technologies, karmadata is able to standardize and link the world’s healthcare data ranging from leading open data sources to private pharmacy and medical claims. karmadata created myHealth.io as a free service to patients to enable comparison shopping for surgical services and will expand to enable a broad range of healthcare consumer activities. Learn more by visiting www.karmadata.com, www.myhealth.io, or by following them on Twitter @karmadata @myhealthio

About the Health Data Consortium
Health Data Consortium is a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and innovative use of data to improve health and health care. The Consortium advocates for health data liberation; promotes best practices and information sharing; and works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and academia to help them understand how to use health data to develop new products, services, apps, and research insights. Learn more at www.healthdataconsortium.org or @hdconsortium on Twitter.




All these investigators have run trials in the last 5 years.

Users can identify over 7,500 global clinical trial sponsors, and over 500,000 management contacts (each with a business email) working at those sponsors.

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — karmadata® today announced the launch of Sponsor Finder™, an innovative new tool for data scientists, sales and marketing professionals at Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) and other firms that sell products and services into the global clinical trials industry. Sponsor Finder™ enables linkages to the best data sources available, including management contacts from Salesforce Data.com.

Sponsor Finder™ provides detailed profiles on over 7,500 clinical trial sponsors, including Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device companies. Each sponsor is linked to their active and historical trials enabling detailed searches and analytics by geography, size of company, disease, and number of active or planned trials. Users can follow sponsors (or drugs or diseases) of interest, and stay informed through their feed of new activity from more than 30 healthcare data sources. Finally, each sponsor has management contacts from Salesforce Data.com, making it easy to identify new names, titles, emails, phone numbers and addresses using quick filters on titles and levels.

“We created Sponsor Finder™ in response to overwhelming demand by our clients that provide products and services to support the global clinical trials industry,” said Sean Power, karmadata’s Founder and CEO. “Sales and marketing professionals at CROs are tired of being locked into complex, outdated tools with stale data. Our ® cloud provides a great responsive web user interface that allows for rapid integration of the best new data sources. We are proving that with technology, scale, and the integration of best of breed data from places like Salesforce Data.com, you can provide a much better information service at a significantly lower cost than any other provider.”


Making it easier to find and contact clinical investigators for studies based on experience in disease indications.

karmadata (www.karmadata.com) today announced the launch of its App Gallery, a revolutionary new technology platform for publishing healthcare data applications targeting user populations with very precise needs. Today also marks the official release of Indicate Investigators, the first App published in the gallery and built entirely with the karmadata API. Indicate Investigators is used by clinical operations users that need to find the best clinical investigators for any given disease indication – and then they are able to contact each investigator using emails and phone numbers supplied by the app.

“Our App Gallery represents a dramatic shift in how healthcare data applications are created, purchased, and enjoyed by the user,” said Sean Power Founder and CEO of karmadata. “We see enormous pent up demand for simple, fun to use, micro applications that are designed for a specific business purpose for specific users. We believe each App should make the user feel like it was designed for him or her personally. “

“Each clinical investigator found in the Indicate Investigators app has been linked to healthcare data across our platform, ranging from past studies, publications, grants, site and practice affiliations, payments from industry, and so much more,” said Brendan Kelleher, Chief Data Scientist of karmadata. “Our users simply type in a disease indication, and are presented with a list of investigators with experience in that indication. The list is then sorted by kdScore™ which considers all relevant data for that investigator for that indication. Each investigator has contact information such as phone number and email address.”

Indicate Investigators profiles over 300,000 clinical investigators across 4,000 disease indications, using data from sources such as the Bioresearch Monitoring Information System (BMIS – IND Filings), ClinicalTrials.gov, PubMed, Clinical Investigator Inspection List (CLIIL), National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), and many more. The raw source data is pushed through karmadata’s technology platform, and emerges as standardized, linked data. This allows for rich profiling of each clinical investigator, and the ability to query and visualize by related entities such as disease indication, geography, drugs, sponsors, healthcare organizations and other affiliations.

About karmadata

karmadata is healthcare (big) data, simplified. The karmadata team is on a mission to change the way users obtain and interact with healthcare information. Using big data and cloud technologies, we are able to standardize and link the world’s healthcare data ranging from leading open data sources to private pharmacy and medical claims. Our users can then follow items of interest (such as diseases, drugs, physicians, or corporations) through a real time Feed, and create impactful visualizations through their Datacards.

I stumbled upon this commencement speech on WSJ.com on Friday.  It got me thinking a little bit on higher education in the US, and in particular, the core curriculum at many colleges and universities.  I think there is great value in a liberal arts education, but I always thought the core curriculum could be adjusted a little bit to guarantee some basic skills are acquired along the way.  Here is what the core curriculum looks like for the college of Arts & Sciences at my alma mater: Core Curriculum – Boston College

I like the wide spectrum of material covered and the variety of ways that it exercises the brain, but of the 15 courses needed to complete the core curriculum, I would require a computer science course (per the aforementioned article), a basic finance course, and maybe an accounting course.

Maybe there are others that should be a requirement as well?