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Big Ethics for Big Data

Howard Wen | O'Reilly Radar | June 11, 2012

As the collection, organization and retention of data has become commonplace in modern business, the ethical implications behind big data have also grown in importance. Who really owns this information? Who is ultimately responsible for maintaining it? What are the privacy issues and obligations? What uses of technology are ethical — or not — when it comes to big data?

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Crowd-Funding Draws Donations For Sandy Relief

Brett Zongker | ABC News | December 22, 2012

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, some who lost their homes or businesses have turned to crowd-funding websites to elicit a faster and more direct response than they could expect from the government or traditional charities. Read More »

Economist, Why so Pessimistic about Open Source Medical Devices Software?

medicaldeviceslegal | Erik Vollebregt | June 11, 2012

I read an interesting article in the Economist’s Technology Quarterly of June 2nd-8th of 2012, p. 17-18, on open source medical devices software. Let me summarise for you: the article starts by showing all the benefits of medical devices software that is developed using open source models, and there are many...The article concludes however that open source has no place in the current regulatory environment and points only to FDA regulation for that conclusion. Read More »

Gold Coast Medical Records System by Cerner 'Inadequate & Dangerous'

Stephanie Bedo | Gold Coast | July 6, 2012

Senior doctors say Gold Coast Health's new multimillion dollar electronic medical record system is 'inadequate and dangerous' and could put patients' lives at risk. Read More »

High Cost Doesn't Equal Better Care

Staff Writer | Jacksonville.com | May 18, 2012

Almost 100,00 Americans die and about 1 million are injured each year as result of medical failures, reported the Institute of Medicine in 2000. In fact, 30 percent to 40 percent of American health care is wasted due to overuse, underuse, misuse and other factors. And in too many cases, the costs for the new procedures aren't justified. However, the system isn't designed to control costs. Third parties are paying for the procedures.

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Information Wants To Be Complex

Heather Leson | Ushahidi | June 29, 2013

Questions lead to answers that lead to more questions. Tactical Tech Info Activism Camp has a number of tracks: Documentation, Investigation, Curation, and Beautiful Troublemakers. I joined the “microscopes are us” evidence team aka Documentation. [...] Read More »

Is Screening Good For You?

Jim Murray | OpenMedicine.EU | July 9, 2012

More experts are questioning the practice of screening in particular cases – the testing of apparently healthy populations for underlying risk factors or undiagnosed conditions, such as some cancers, with a view to prevention or early treatment. Supporters of screening sometimes respond to their critics with more heat than light, but I don’t know who is right. Read More »

Junk Bonds Grow More Popular And Turn Even Riskier

Nathaniel Popper | New York Times | October 28, 2012

Junk bonds are living up to their name again. Companies with junk credit ratings have been increasingly issuing bonds for riskier purposes that could hinder their ability to pay back bondholders. Read More »

The Fiscal Consequences Of The Affordable Care Act

Charles Blahous | HealthAffairs Blog | April 20, 2012

The view that comprehensive health care reform must make a substantial positive contribution to repairing the federal fiscal outlook was one of the motivating principles underlying the March, 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The ACA as enacted falls well short of that standard and would significantly worsen the federal government’s fiscal position relative to previous law. Read More »

Why One-third of Hospitals Will Close by 2020

David Houle and Jonathan Fleece | KevinMD.com | March 15, 2012

Despite a history of strength and stature in America, the hospital institution is in the midst of massive and disruptive change. Such change will be so transformational that by 2020 one in three hospitals will close or reorganize into an entirely different type of health care service provider. Several significant forces and factors are driving this inevitable and historical shift.

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