No More Messy Handwriting: The Move to Electronic Record Keeping in the Health Care Industry and Concerns about Liability and the Security of Patient’s Information”

If you get sick today and have to see a doctor that is not your primary care physician, it is often the case that you have to fill out a thick stack of forms that explains your medical history.  If it is a more serious procedure, doctors have to get in touch with your past health care providers, oftentimes multiple past providers, to collect information on your medical history and try to piece it together.  Continue Reading →

The Active Placebo Effect: Patent Eligible Subject Matter?

Last week President Barack Obama asked a bioethics committee to review federal guidelines for the use of human subjects in medical testing. This announcement came in the wake of revelations that the U.S. sponsored experiments in Guatemala the 1940s where people were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea without their consent .  Several ethical concerns are raised by human clinical trials, including the use of placebos. A common feature of modern Continue Reading →

The Law and Politics of Net Neutrality: Part 2

In the previous post, I wrote about the recent history of net neutrality, the Open Internet Rules in the works, and the ensuing backroom dealings and legislative battles.  But now that the mid-term elections are over, has the future of net neutrality rules changed, and is net neutrality dead? Republicans made gains in the Senate and took control of the House, but does the change in legislative politics impact the regulatory process (and the profit Continue Reading →