Genealogy site MyHeritage says 92 million user accounts compromised

STAT, June 5, 2018
by Megan Thielking

MyHeritage, one of the nation’s most popular online genealogy sites, said a security breach had affected the email addresses and hashed passwords of 92 million users, raising concerns about the security… Read More

When Scientists Develop Products From Personal Medical Data, Who Gets To Profit?

NPR, May 31, 2018
by Richard Harris

If you go to the hospital for medical treatment and scientists there decide to use your medical information to create a commercial product, are you owed anything as part of the bargain? That's one… Read More

HIPAA and Protecting Health Information in the 21st Century

JAMA, May 24, 2018
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Michelle M. Mello

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new opinion piece in JAMA that addresses the adequacy of HIPAA in protecting electronic health data in light of the launch of the Trump administration's… Read More

New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork

New York Times, May 21, 2018
by Gina Kolata

[...] In the United States, there is no single format used by all providers, and hospitals have no incentive to make it easy to transfer records from one place to another. The medical records mess is hobbling… Read More

$10B Deal To Overhaul VA’s Digital Health Records Signed Despite Warnings It Could Prove To Be Boond

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement that the 10-year deal would make much-needed improvements… Read More

2018 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Health Law, Policy and Ethics
Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa

Deadline: August 01, 2018

General Description: Breakthroughs in health sciences offer tremendous hope to patients and the public, but with progress emerge new legal and ethical challenges. This position allows a scholar to… Read More

App technology allows medics to view 999 patients

BBC News, May 10, 2018

A new app which allows air ambulance services to view patients before they arrive to treat them is being trialled in two areas of England. The GoodSam app sends a link to the 999 caller's mobile phone,… Read More

‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project

Politico, April 30, 2018
by Arthur Allen

A West Palm Beach doctor’s ties to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago social circle have enabled him to hold up the biggest health information technology project in history — the transformation… Read More

NOW AVAILABLE! Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

Cambridge University Press, March 2018
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (former Executive Director), Urs Gasser, and Effy Vayena

Now available - order it online!  From the book: When data from all aspects of our lives can be relevant to our health - from our habits at the grocery store and our Google searches to our FitBit… Read More

Doctoral Scholarship: Digital Technologies and Protecting Privacy
The University of Melbourne

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Call for applications:Applications are invited from suitably qualified scholars for a PhD scholarship and to join Professor Jane Kaye’s team in Melbourne Law School (MLS), which specialises in understanding… Read More

Risk and Resilience in Health Data Infrastructure

Colorado Technology Law Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1 (2017)
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the journal article: Today’s health system runs on data. However, for a system that generates and requires so much data, the health care system is surprisingly bad at maintaining, connecting,… Read More

Can Healthcare Avoid “Black Box” Artificial Intelligence Tools?

Health IT Analytics, February 2, 2018
by Jennifer Bresnick, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: Artificial intelligence is taking the healthcare industry by storm as researchers share breakthrough after breakthrough and vendors quickly commercialize advanced algorithms offering… Read More

NOW AVAILABLE! Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, March 2018
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (former Executive Director), Urs Gasser, and Effy Vayena

This edited volume stems from the Petrie-Flom Center’s 2016 annual conference, which brought together leading experts to identify the various ways in which law and ethics intersect with… Read More

First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

New York Times, November 13, 2017
by Pam Belluck, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine. The approval,… Read More

Your Money or Your Patient’s Life? Ransomware and Electronic Health Records

Annals of Internal Medicine, September 19, 2017
by By I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Sharona Hoffman, and Eli Y. Adashi

The mugger's demand “Your money or your life” is a familiar one. However, in an era of vast hospital computer networks and electronic health records, a novel risk to worry about is, “Your… Read More

Ideation Challenge: Good Questions Meet Big Data
Harvard Catalyst and the Crowd Innovation Laboratory, Harvard Business School

Deadline: July 13, 2017

Ideation Challenge: Good Questions Meet Big Data - Up to $10,000 in Prizes DEADLINE: 11:59pm on July 13, 2017 Challenge: Can you identify a human health problem that might be resolved with big data… Read More

Call for Papers: Data-driven Health Care Conference
Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics, South Korea

Deadline: June 15, 2017

1.   Conference Description The Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics (EIBLE) is seeking submissions for its annual conference to be held on September 23, 2017 in Seoul. This year’s… Read More

Review of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 16, Issue 12 (2016)
by Erin Phinney Johnson

From the review: Overall, the editors present an intriguing look at the concerns currently facing human subjects research regulation and provide a number of suggestions for how to go about solving some… Read More

Social Media Use in Research Recruitment

Petrie-Flom Center / Harvard Catalyst, September 21, 2016
by Luke Gelinas (Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics)

Cross-posted at the Petrie-Flom Center's blog Bill of Health. Imagine this scenario: you are a researcher conducting a clinical trial on a promising treatment for a rare but serious heart condition.… Read More

Professor offers basics of bioethics and the law in 90 minutes

Harvard Gazette, September 20, 2016
by Deborah Blackwell, reviewing lecture by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

On September 13, 2016, Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen delivered a lecture at the Harvard Ed Portal as part of his online EdX course "Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Neel Shah

Petrie-Flom Center, September 8, 2016

Dr. Neel Shah was a Student Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year, while in his third year at Harvard Medical School. Then Academic Fellow and now Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen served as his… Read More

Big Data Neglects Populations Most in Need of Medical and Public Health Research and Interventions

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper, No. 16-26, August 18, 2016
by Sarah E. Malanga, Jonathan D. Loe, Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), and Kenneth S. Ramos

Originally presented as a paper at the 2016 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference: Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics. Check out the event website to watch video of this and other presentations! Abstract:… Read More

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference
Harvard Law School

Deadline: Due no later than December 2, 2016

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2017 annual conference, entitled: “Transparency in Health and… Read More

Call for Papers: Tenth Annual Symposium on Health Law and Policy
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Annals of Health Law invite original research paper submissions on innovations in life sciences and stakeholder… Read More

Correlations and Research Results

EMR & EHR, May 26, 2016
by Andy Oram

Andy Oram, an editor specializing in open source, software engineering, and health IT, attended the Petrie-Flom Center's 2016 annual conference, "Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics," on… Read More

When Big Data Isn’t Big Enough

Ampersand, May 20, 2016
by Elise Davis

Elise Davis of PRIM&R attended the Petrie-Flom Center's 2016 Annual Conference on "Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics" on May 6, 2016. From her review at PRIM&R's blog Ampersand: … Read More

Consensus Statement on Electronic Health Predictive Analytics: A Guiding Framework

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 1
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

Abstract Context: The recent explosion in available electronic health record (EHR) data is motivating a rapid expansion of electronic health care predictive analytic (e-HPA) applications, defined… Read More

Symposium on “Ethical Risk Assessment in Biomedical Big Data”

Organised by the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in association with the Brocher Foundation., March 14-15, 2016
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Please register via the event website. DescriptionIn biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of innovation and success. ‘Biomedical Big Data’… Read More

Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet

New England Journal of Medicine, March 2010
by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman

Describes changes in the doctor-patient relationship that have arisen in the Internet age. Read More

Big Data, Patents, and the Future of Medicine

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming , September 13, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:  Big data has tremendous potential to improve health care. Unfortunately, intellectual property law isn’t ready to support that leap. In the next wave of data-driven medicine, black-box… Read More

Call for Abstracts: 2016 Petrie-Flom Annual Conference: Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: December 01, 2015

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2016 annual conference, entitled: “Big Data, Health Law, and… Read More

Black Box Medicine

Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 28, No. 2 Spring 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus)

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price, now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, has recently published an article in the Harvard Journal… Read More

Review of Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 36, Issue 2, April 2015
by Lydia Stewart Ferreira (Visiting Scholar)

Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar Lydia Stewart Ferreira, currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, recently published a review… Read More

Predicting the sick through personal trails of health data

News Works, April 14, 2015
by Todd Bookman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] "I think there is a lot of interest in the area right now, and it is a great coming together of the healthcare world and the computer science world, as well as the patient experience world," says… Read More

NOW ONLINE: I. Glenn Cohen Discusses Modern Fertility Technologies and Benefits

Chronicle (WCVB/ABC Boston), April 13, 2015
by Shayna Seymour, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Show Abstract: The birds and the bees are still important – but today's couples eager to start a family can also rely on Big Data to get them to parenthood. Tonight Shayna Seymour discovers… Read More

ReSourcing Big Data

Harvard Catalyst, March 2015

March 23: Symposium9:00am-5:00pm Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Harvard Medical School Extant data is an inexhaustible resource that is not yet very well understood and is underutilized. The focus… Read More

Innovator in Residence
Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: April 01, 2015

A rapidly growing public health startup, ORGANIZE, is seeking to hire a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial individual to serve a two-year appointment of Innovator In Residence (IIR) at the Department of… Read More

FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Technologies

NEJM, July 24, 2014
by Nathan G. Cortez, J.D., I. Glenn Cohen, J.D., and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has published a new co-authored article in the New England Journal of Medicine on FDA regulation of new mobile health technologies. From the article: Medicine… Read More

Hated the Facebook experiment? You’ll hate what’s next for health care.

Vox, July 16, 2014
by Adriana McIntyre interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Facebook isn't the only company that wants to capitalize on information collected from millions of people do do research. Health care systems want to use the immense sea of data… Read More

Call for Papers: Winter 2015 The SciTech Lawyer
American Bar Association

Deadline: August 01, 2014

This is a call for authors for the Winter 2015 The SciTech Lawyer, focusing on current developments in law, science, medicine, and technology that is of professional interest to the members of the… Read More

Using Big Data To Transform Care

Health Affairs, July 9, 2014, 9:00am - 12:30pm
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, "Using Big Data… Read More

Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, seeks a part-time research assistant for project collaboration with Harvard Catalyst (Harvard Clinical and Translational Science… Read More

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services

Issued on August 14, 2002, the HIPAA Privacy Rule regulates the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) held by institutions such as health insurance companies, health care clearinghouses,… Read More

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Security Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services

Issued on February 20, 2003, the HIPAA Security Rule focuses specifically on electronic protected health information (EPHI), and provides administrative, technical, and physical standards for protection.  Read More

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

The HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, aims to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Subtitle D… Read More

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The PSQIA establishes a voluntary reporting system to enhance the data available to assess and resolve patient safety and health care quality issues. To encourage the reporting and analysis of medical… Read More

Grand Bargains for Big Data: The Emerging Law of Health Information

72 Maryland Law Review 682 (2013)
by Frank Pasquale

In this article, Professor Pasquale argues that in exchange for subsidizing systems designed to protect intellectual property and secure personally identifiable information, health regulators should have… Read More