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ReFlections Volume 42, September 2017

  • Dr. Valerie Kaufman
  • Dr. Radhika (Radi) Counsell
  • Sue Wehrman
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In Brief
Find out what’s new, from hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy to lung cancer to blockchain in electronic health records.

With this edition, our 42nd, we are pleased to introduce Peter Barrett, Vice President and Head of Global Underwriting, Claims and Medical Support Team, to our editorial leadership team. He has more than 30 years of experience in life re/insurance, holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, and is a Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society (FAMS) and of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII). We are delighted and honored to have him on board and look forward to his expertise and contributions.

Additionally, with this edition, we welcome two new authors to ReFlections. Dr. Valerie Kaufman, Vice President and Medical Director, RGA Reinsurance Company, updates us on what’s new with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and Dr. Radi Counsell, Consulting Medical officer, RGA UK Services Limited, gives insight into the rapidly evolving world of lung cancer and the impact of newer treatments on morbidity and mortality. Sue Wehrman, Vice President, Electronic Health Record Initiatives, RGA Reinsurance Company, continues her technology-focused series of articles for ReFlections, this time turning her attention to potential applications of blockchain technology in insurance.

The Longer Life Foundation recently announced its 2017- 18 grant awardees and we proudly present them here along with a short description of their proposed research. On a separate note, LLF will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 – so watch for special LLF features in ReFlections next year!

ReCite presents recent and relevant medical literature articles which we hope you will find useful. A new feature in this issue is a review of the book Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Dr. Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker. This insightful book will help anyone seeking to assess risks associated with infectious diseases. Finally, we really want to hear from you, our readers! We would like to know what information in ReFlections you find useful and how best to present it. On page 23 of this issue, you will find a link to a survey that we hope will enable us to serve you better. Please take a few moments to respond – your opinion will truly make a difference.

Microscopic image of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
An Update On Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Screening and Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
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Electronic Health Records: Is Blockchain a Good Fit?
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Meet the Authors & Experts

Dr. Valerie Kaufman
Dr. Valerie Kaufman
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Director, U.S. Individual Life
Dr. Radhika Counsell
Dr. Radhika (Radi) Counsell
Consulting Medical Officer, RGA UK
Sue Wehrman
Vice President (ret.), EHR Initiatives Business Initiatives, U.S. Mortality Markets RGA