Vice President in Cleveland for medical summit

VP Biden discusses moonshot at MIS 2016

Like many Americans, Vice President Joe Biden understands the need for cancer breakthroughs better than anyone.  He lost his eldest son, Beau Biden to brain cancer.

Monday at the Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit, Biden talked about the primitive way he had to send his son's medical records to doctors.

"You know what we end up having to do? Going in with a cell phone taking pictures of the MRI to send to MD Anderson," an emotional Biden told the audience.  "There's no way to get them down.  Can you imagine any other company in the world working that way? You badly need an innovation conference here."

Biden says researchers must be held accountable for their findings.

"From now on, the 60% of you who don't share this data on time, you're gonna get fined$10,000 a day. That's a promise," says Biden.  "It's unconscionable this information's not shared as required.  It's estimated only 10% of clinical research studies are properly recorded, which slows progress."

Dr. Brian Bolwell of the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute told WKYC Channel 3's Monica Robins, "We have so many opportunities today to advance what we know and how to treat cancer patients that procrastination is not acceptable."

The goal of the Cancer Moonshot is urgency to finding cancer cures, which may be definitely possible by 2020.

Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove says health care advancements will double every 73 days.

The problem is keeping up.

Bolwell adds, "Which is why the whole issue of technological advancements is very important and trying to harness data in many different ways so we can use all of it. This new knowledge to try to do what really needs to do and that's to save lives, help people who have this disease, and ultimately to prevent it from happening in the first place."

So many facets to the Moonshot.  

The bottom line is time.

"They're not asking to live, they're not asking to be cured, they're asking for one more moment and it matters," says Biden. "It matters a lot. Every damn moment counts and every moment we delay matters."

 

 

 


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