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Janet Woodcock, Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to harness the data in electronic health records to help develop better medicine. In a pilot program, it regularly surveys 18 large health care organizations. Right now, it's mining records and claims data from more than 150 million patients nationwide. Janet Woodcock is director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluations and Research. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the pilot, known as Mini-Sentinel, works.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:20am EDT
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David Olive, Principal, Catalyst Partners

Terrorists in the Middle East are using weapons, supplies, and even new technology made in the United States in their attacks on Iraqi cities and elsewhere. David Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners and a writer for the Security Debrief blog. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose, they're even using a brand new drug the Food and Drug Administration just approved for military use in April, and it's calling into question the security of the military supply chain.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Crosse shines light on FDA's regulatory challenges overseas

For her efforts in raising awareness of the regulatory challenges the Food and Drug Administration was facing due to globalization, the Partnership for Public recently named GAO's Marcia Crosse as one of the finalists for the 2014 Citizen Services Medal.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 02:17pm EDT

Marcia Crosse, Government Accountability Office

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. As the director of healthcare at the Government Accountability Office, Marcia Crosse has drawn Congress' attention to needs at the Food and Drug Administration. Her boss says she's been at the forefront of her field: identifying needed improvements in the oversight of medical products. In part because of her work, the FDA now has more tools to regulate drugs and medical devices from overseas. Crosse is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the data she analyzes. Read a Q&A with Marcia Crosse.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:46am EDT
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Taha Kass-Hout, Chief Health Informatics Officer, FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has launched openFDA. It's a new data initiative making for easier access to large public health datasets. OpenFDA is in line with the President's open data executive order and the Health and Human Service Department's Health Data Initiative. Taha Kass-Hout is chief health informatics officer at the FDA. He explains the main focus of the project to Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:57pm EDT
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Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine

The Food Safety Modernization Act passed three years ago boosted the Food and Drug Administration's power to keep our food supply safe. But like any new law, the devil is in the details and they've been a long time coming. The FDA is still working on the major rules. Mike Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine, spoke with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about what comes next with the rules.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:12pm EDT
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During shutdown, critical public safety functions fall by the wayside

A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:38pm EDT
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2013 Causey Award Winner - Ronald Loube

Ronald Loube was nominated for a Causey Award for his design and development of an in-house training program called The FDA Acquisition Academy.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 08:00am EDT

mHealth, standards, and healthcare IT

John Gilroy hosts a roundtable discussion of mobile health applications and and how they can be certified to meet specific standards.
April 30, 2013

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 10:02pm EDT
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Howard leaving HHS for new job at FDA

Sally Howard is stepping down as the chief of staff at Health and Human Services to become the deputy commissioner for policy at the Food and Drug Administration.

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 12:24pm EDT

Healthcare IT and clinical testing

Tony Varano, founder and CEO of DSG, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how to improve healthcare data collection.
March 12, 2013

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 07:18pm EDT
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FDA Commissioner: budget cuts mean less safe food

FDA Commissioner Hamburg says budget cuts mean fewer inspections, less safe food

Friday - 03/01/2013, 11:38am EST

Perakslis shifting the FDA to a data-centric approach

The Food and Drug Administration's new Information Management Strategic plan is helping to create a new infrastructure to support using data to meet its mission.
January 24, 2013

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 09:54pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 10, 2013

Paul Strasser of Dynamics Research Corporation talks about a new deal his company has with FDA. Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, discusses promoting STEM fields. Tim Scannell of Technology Guide reports from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 10:40am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 8, 2013

Martin Libicki of Rand Corp talks about the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. Dov Zakheim reviews what DoD Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel can expect from Congress. Attorney Mark Schamel explains how the Defense Authorization Bill helps off-duty law enforcement agents. Erik Olson of the Pew Health Group discusses new food safety rules issued by the FDA. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service previews the SAMMIE nomination process. Katherine McFate discusses OMB Watch's name change.

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 08:41am EST

FDA proposes sweeping new food safety rules

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.

Friday - 01/04/2013, 02:00pm EST

FDA pledges support for med tech initiative

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it will collaborate with medical device manufacturers on a public-private partnership designed to speed up the development of new medical technology.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:00pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Nov. 6, 2012

Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress says sequestration may not be such a bad thing. Buddy Bland talk about upgrades to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's supercomputer. Mark Russo of the FDA talks about food shortages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 08:31am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Nov. 1, 2012

Sean Patton of Lockheed Martin talks about the EPA's migration to a collaboration and communication service. Sanjay Koyani discusses a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Health and Human Services components to get better leverage out of the information it has. Engineer Norman R. Augustin talks about a new report on STEM prepared by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 09:47am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Oct. 24

Dr. Andrew Von Eschenbach of the Manhattan Institute's Project FDA explains how a legislative mandate does not come with the funding needed to implement it. And Acting Public Printer Davita-Vance Cooks lays out the five-year strategic plan as the Government Printing Offices faces a digital future.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 09:53am EDT
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