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FDA Debuts OpenFDA Database

FDA Debuts OpenFDA Database
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On June 2, 2014, the Office of Informatics and Technology Innovation (OITI) within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of OpenFDA, a searchable, online public health database containing drug adverse event information compiled between October 2004 and June 2013.  The FDA press release reports that OpenFDA employs a search-based Application Program Interface […]

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This Oscar Is No Grouch: Can Oscar Health Succeed in Making Health Insurance Fun?

This Oscar Is No Grouch: Can Oscar Health Succeed in Making Health Insurance Fun?
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Cross-Posted at Bill of Health On Wednesday night, I went to a panel presentation sponsored by the group NYC Health Business Leaders on the roll out of New York State’s health insurance exchange.  Among the speakers was Mario Schlosser, the co-founder and co-CEO of the venture-capital-backed start-up health insurance company Oscar Health, which offers a full […]

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HIPAA, HITECH & Beyond: Protecting Heathcare Data in our Cyber World

HIPAA, HITECH & Beyond: Protecting Heathcare Data in our Cyber World
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This program will examine the most current issues, enforcement trends, and regulations relevant to healthcare data privacy experts who counsel hospitals, providers, and other healthcare facilities. In collaboration with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office; 6 NJ/NY CLE credits. Click here for more information or to register. Speakers Helen Oscislawski, Privacy Risk Assessments and Privacy Challenges Helen […]

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Health Information, Privacy, and Innovation

Filed in Health Law, Information Technology by on May 23, 2012 1 Comment
Health Information, Privacy, and Innovation
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Health information law is a very exciting field.  Lawyers, doctors, and start-ups are re-thinking health care as an information industry.   I’ll be speaking on privacy and fair data practices at an upcoming conference.  The relationships between privacy, “big data,” and trade secrecy will bear a great deal of attention in coming years. Software-based automation […]

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Models of Patient Safety

Models of Patient Safety
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If one jumbo jet crashed in the US each day for a week, we’d expect the FAA to shut down the industry until the problem was figured out. But in our health care system, roughly 250 people die each day due to preventable error. A vice president at a health care quality company says that “If […]

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