Google Now Scrubbing Private Medical Records From Search Results

Bloomberg, June 22, 2017
by Mark Bergen

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has quietly decided to scrub an entire category of online content -- pe...

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PFC Spotlight: Academic Fellow Alumnus Jeffrey Skopek

Petrie-Flom Center, June 15, 2017
by Petrie-Flom Center

>Jeffrey Skopek was an ;Academic Fellow for the 2011-2014 academic years, during which he wrote e... Read More

Do family members have a right to know when a loved one overdoses on opioids?

STAT, June 13, 2017
by Erin Mershon and Andrew Joseph

mid a national opioid epidemic, should family members have the right to know when an adult chil...

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Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode


On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel return...

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

Deadline: June 15, 2017

1.   Conference Descriptio


The Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics (EIBLE) is...

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Specimen Science

MIT Press, October 2017
by Edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Suzanne M. Rivera

This edited volume stems from a ;conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts t...

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BBC News / BBC Radio 4, May 25, 2017
by Harry Kretchmer

[...] The company, which uses customers' saliva samples to predict their genetic ethnicity and f...

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The Malware Attacking the U.K.’s National Health Service Could’ve Been Stopped

Slate, May 12, 2017
by Josephine Wolff

The ransomware attacks spreading across the computer systems of the British National Health Ser...

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Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations

The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 17, 2017 - Issue 3
by Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Barbara Bierer

>Part of the Petrie-Flom Center's ;collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, E... Read More

Regulating Secrecy

Washington Law Review, 2016, Vol. 91, Nr. 4
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

>Abstract: Inventors face a stark choice between two intellectual property systems of protecting... 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 h...

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“Sperm Donor Anonymity and Compensation: An Experiment with American Sperm Donors”

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), November 23, 2016
by Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Travis Coan, Michelle Ottey, and Christina Boyd

Prohibiting Sperm Donor Anonymity Could Reduce the Number of Donors


A new study published in the J...

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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 Harva...

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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,...

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)



Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But op...

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CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rewrite the Human Genome?

ECUSA Boston, March 24, 2016
by Speaker: Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow) was a speaker at the ECUSA Boston event "CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rewr...

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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.



Context: The recent explosion in available electronic health record (EHR) data is mot...

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Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk

Institute of Medicine, 2015

A report commissioned by NIH and other sponsors on promoting responsible access to participant...

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Sharing Clinical Trial Data — A Proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editor

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Jan. 2016

A proposal from the editors of major medical journals across the world to make publication in t...

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NIH Data Sharing Policy

National Institutes of Health

This site includes the NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data (2003), Data Sharing Regulations...

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Principles for Responsible Clinical Trial Data Sharing

PhRMA, EFPIA, Jul. 2013

A joint agreement produced by pharmaceutical trade groups PhRMA and EFPIA, affirming the indust...

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Clinical Trial Data Portal Gateway


This site offers a published list of major pharmaceutical companies’ online portals aimed ...

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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

104th Congress

Full text of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the key federal l...

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Sharing of Clinical Trials Data: Benefits, Risks, and Uniform Principles

Annals of Internal Medicine, 2015
by Michael Rosenblatt et al.

This commentary discusses the benefits and risks of data sharing from the perspective of person...

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Research Repositories, Databases, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

NIH, January 2004

Discusses the impact of the HIPAA privacy rule on the creation of research databases and reposi...

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Sharing and Reporting the Results of Clinical Trials

JAMA, Jan. 2015
by Kathy L. Hudson and Francis S. Collins

This article advocates for sharing the results of clinical trials as an important means for adv...

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Preparing for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data

New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 2013
by Michelle M. Mello et al.

As more patient data from clinical trials is shared by sponsors and investigators, this article...

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Technical and Policy Approaches to Balancing Patient Privacy and Data Sharing

Journal of Investigative Medicine, Jan. 2010
by Bradley Malin et al.

This paper reviews several aspects of the privacy-related problems associated with data sharing...

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Yale University Open Data Access Project

Yale School of Medicine

The YODA project has iteratively developed a model to make data available to researchers in a s...

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Data Sharing and Transparency Initiative

Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center

A data sharing and transparency initiative aimed at facilitating broad stakeholder clinical tri...

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Learning the wrong lesson on privacy from Henrietta Lacks

Washington Post, January 8, 2016
by Christopher Robertson (Student Fellow Alumnus) and Jonathan D. Loe

From the article


In her acclaimed 2010 book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” R...

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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




In biomedical research, the analysis of large d...

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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 t...

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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 o...

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The Future of Personalized Medicine

Hosted by The Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, January 28, 2015
by Rachel E. Sachs

On January 28, 2015, Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs spoke to the Future Society at the Harvard Kenn...

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US big-data health network launches aspirin study

Nature, August 6, 2014
by Sara Reardon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article


One of the largest big-data experiments in health care has set its first research...

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Human Subjects Research Regulation

MIT Press, August 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), eds.

>Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie... 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 res...

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Inquisitive Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom

USA Today, June 5, 2014
by Heidi Hall, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

>Originally published as "Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom," ;The Tennesseean ;(June 5,... Read More

Health Law Counsel
Aetna Inc.

Deadline: May 21, 2014

Position Summar


This position will support Lead Privacy and Behavioral Health Counsel in providing...

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Will your clothing spy on you?

Fortune, February 13, 2014
by David Whitford, on I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] Like it or not, we have entered the era of assumed ubiquitous snooping, and we have not begun...

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Can You Buy Sperm Donor Identification?

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, October 23, 2013
by I. Glenn Cohen and Travis G. Coan

In the United States, most sperm donations are anonymous. By contrast, many developed nations requir...

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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 Heal...

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Charles Fried on Evidence as a Public Good

Friday, March 01, 2013
Lectures and Panels
Langdell 225 (Vorenberg Classroom), Harvard Law School
Watch Event Recordings

We hear a lot about the conflict between use of an individual's information for the public good...

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The Future of Human Subjects Research Regulation

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Conference Descriptio


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released an Advanc...

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