Connecting the dots with health data: The Implant Files case

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Margot Williams of ICIJ; Karrie Kehoe of ICIJ; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Emily Siegel of NBC News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: Del Mar
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The Implant Files investigation involved a global effort of more than 1,500 FOI requests to gather data on medical devices in different parts of the world. It was a collaboration that involved more than 250 journalists in 36 countries. As a result, ICIJ released the first International Medical Devices Database that facilitates the exploration of more than 75,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices of medical devices and their connections with manufacturers. 

Join us to explore the possibilities this data collection has to offer and how to connect it with other health datasets to report on stories linked to the medical devices industry.

Speaker Bios

  • Emilia is ICIJ’s research editor. She has taken part in cross-border projects such as ICIJ's Implant Files, Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer winner investigation Panama Papers. She has been a professor at the Central University of Venezuela and a contributor for the Washington Post, the magazine Poder y Negocios, Venezuelan media El Universal, El Mundo and, which she co-founded. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at IPYS Venezuela.

  • Data journalist at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Previously Karrie worked for the RTÉ Investigations Unit in Dublin, The Times of London & Sunday Times and the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London. 

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

  • Emily Siegel is an investigative researcher at NBC News specializing in data journalism. She worked on the 2018 ICIJ medical device investigation. She shared in winning the Overseas Press Club of America Award for best investigative reporting in any medium on an international story in 2018.  She occasionally tweets @EmilyRSiegel

  • Margot Williams is an investigative researcher at The Intercept. She has pursued jihadists online and detainees who died in U.S. immigration detention, investigated Iraq war contractors and followed the money (and private jets and yachts) of mayors, governors, senators, oligarchs, presidential candidates and ex-presidents at ICIJ, NPR, The New York Times and the Washington Post. 

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