Leonard Sacks, associate director of clinical methodology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave a very interesting presentation at the N.Y. Academy of Sciences's "Mobile Health: The Power of Wearables, Sensors and Apps to Transform Clinical Trials" event. The big (and most welcomed) surprise to me was his assertion that "there are no regulatory restrictions to using these technologies." Here's what else he had to say regarding the collection of patient data through new devices and apps:
FiscalNote, a legislative tech startup, released a new product called Atlantis Thursday which aggregates and analyzes state regulations. Atlantis uses machine learning with government data to render legislator analysis, forecasted bill results, sentiment around proposed rules and regulations and related analyses.
As it turns out, a possible data breech isn't the only risk enterprises need to mitigate. The physical location of cloud servers can present legal problems too. However, if the U.S. government succeeds in getting warrants to seize data physically located in other countries, Microsoft says a "global free-for-all" is likely to threaten all companies.
Europe has traditionally been tougher on consumer privacy laws than the U.S., but could that be changing? Maybe.
Littler – one of, if not the world's largest employment and labor law practice representing management – has hired its first national director of data analytics and launched its Littler Data Center. Both developments are part of its strategic initiative to provide clients with "big data strategies and analytics resources designed to benchmark and analyze HR and litigation strategies," Littler explained in a press release.
POLITICO and McKinsey & Company pulled together a group of technology leaders to determine how and if Washington has a role in the Internet of Things. The report that came out of that thinkfest proved interesting indeed.
BackOffice Associates announced comprehensive data management and mapping capabilities in a single platform to support federal agency DATA Act compliance. This news comes as agencies are racing to meet the Department of Treasury and Office of Management and Budget's 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act – or DATA – implementation proposal deadline on making federal spending open data.
A House Oversight Committee held a hearing on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, aka the DATA Act, last week. The hearing was jointly held by the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Government Operations.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet is holding a hearing on the Internet of Things this Wednesday. Given the breadth of its jurisdiction, it is unclear what precisely the subcommittee is looking for in its examination of the IoT but it's likely that privacy and security issues are on the list.
Plexxi, which makes SDN gear, has introduced a new line of data center switches that focuses on the needs of applications first.