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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Susannah Fox is the new CTO of HHS

I am not actually sure that anybody reads this blog. I suppose they must, that is really the magic of RSS… letting you know when your friends blog… right?? Still. If you wanted to actually follow what I am doing you should probably be reading the DocGraph Blog, or the CareSet Blog, or the OpenSourceHealth […]

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Does Epic resist or support interoperability? Hell if I know.

I just realized that my somewhat infamous question at the ONC annual meeting is recorded on video! The background on my question, which I made me very popular at the meeting afterwards, was that I had heard that Epic hired a lobbyist to convince congress that it is an interoperable company. That lobbyist and others at […]

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