NoSQL and Technical Debt

So I just had a chance encounter with a former professor of mine, Dr. Hicks from Trinity University. While I was at Trinity University, mumble mumble long time ago, Dr. Hicks assured me that I needed to take his database class, the course at Trinity CS department that was the most focused on SQL. That […]

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Better NDC downloads from the FDA

Recently, the FDA Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research dramatically improved how their NDC search tool data downloads work in response to some complaints they received from… someone. Most notably they: Added the NDC Package Code (the NDC-10 code with the dashes) to each row as a distinct field. This is the only field […]

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Mourning Jess Jacobs

Yesterday, Jess Jacobs died. Like so many others on Twitter, I knew Jess just well enough to be profoundly frustrated as I watched helplessly as the healthcare system failed her again and again. Today, the small world of Internet patient advocates mourn for her across blogs and twitter. The world of people who are trying to fix […]

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