Planning to Protect Patient’s Medical Records, Including Data from Wearables, Ingestibles, and Other New Medical Technologies

I was fortunate to be invited to attend and participate in a recent closed session conference at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Precision Medicine, Wearable Technology and Big Data Informatics.  A multidisciplinary group of clinicians, biologists, technology developers, and data scientists from government, industry and academia presented the state of the science in wearable, implantable, and external sensor technologies and associated data acquisition/analysis with the goal of developing an integrated strategy to address the needs of cancer patients.

Blog: Promising Evidence That Teaching Health Centers Can Address Future U.S. Health Care Workforce Needs

Politicians, practitioners and experts agree that the health care workforce in the United States is inadequate to meet the primary care needs of our nation. There are simply not enough doctors, nurses and other providers to meet the needs of the growing and aging United States population.

May You Live in Interesting Times: The Challenges of Health Policy Analysis in a Turbulent Period

A purported Chinese curse -- “May you live in interesting times” -- seems apt for this current chaotic period of American public policy.  (It appears that the quote does not actually have Chinese origins and was simply coined by an English politician in the 1930s to sound sagacious.)  As a student (and teacher) of health policy, there is no question that the past year, during which Congress and President Trump tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had high political drama, with fingernail-biting day by day acti

Safeguarding Patient Data is a Key Component of Patient Care

The healthcare sector of the economy has traditionally lagged behind other sectors in terms of technology use and the infrastructure it requires.  Unwanted publicity over cyber-attacks and data breaches are causing healthcare businesses to finally wake up to the reality that their data are extraordinarily sensitive.  Data breaches and leaks can happen in many industries, but healthcare data breaches and associated abuse can have catastrophic consequences on people’s lives.