The exploding ecosystem of health data

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Coulter Jones of The Wall Street Journal; Charles Ornstein of ProPublica; Fabiola Torres of Ojo Público
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The past two years have seen a proliferation of public data sets that let you search for doctors and see the pharmaceutical company payments they’ve received, the drugs they’ve prescribed and the money they’ve collected from Medicare. This is true not only in the United States, but increasingly, around the world. You’ll leave here with a better understanding of what datasets are publicly available, how to create your own health data set and cautions to keep in mind.

Speaker Bios

  • Coulter Jones is a reporter who specializes in using data analysis, programming and open records to report compelling stories. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Jones worked as an investigative and data reporter for MedPage Today, New York Public Radio, The Center for Investigative Reporting and newspapers in Pennsylvania. @coulterjones 

  • Charles Ornstein oversees ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which works with local news organizations to produce accountability journalism on issues of importance to their communities. From 2008 to 2017, he was a senior reporter at ProPublica, covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining ProPublica, he was was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. He teaches at Columbia's journalism school. @charlesornstein

  • Fabiola Torres is an investigative reporter from Peru. She is co-founder and editor of Ojo Publico (ojo-publico.com) and ICFJ Knight Fellow for Latin America. In 2017, she became a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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