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Healthcare Data Collection / Regulation Wizard

Healthcare is a promising frontier of tech innovation. Yet anonymous medical data that startups need to conduct R&D is difficult and costly to obtain due to the laws involved. This is a wizard, much like an MSWord wizard, that simplifies the process.

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The legal hurdles and the processes involved in collecting anonymous medical data and following the government regulations, are very tricky for startups to navigate.  Large companies have the know-how and deep pockets to work the system, however startups don't have this advantage. Entrepreneurs need an easier way to work with government regulators. This concept is a special program set up by the EU government that streamlines the process for healthcare startups.

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

Concept helps foster innovation in the healthcare industry, by reducing the some of the costs and the time delays involved in dealing with patients, medical data, product regulation, and certifications.

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

Government would have to spearhead this initiative, and devise a system to guide startups through the process along with some hands-on assistance from government experts.

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There are lots of data sources available, and almost all are underutilized. I'm not sure the issue is obtaining access (and people are really working on this across the board), but knowing what to do when access is obtained. Analyzing data, even with excellent software, gadgets, etc., takes knowledge, and requires funding to pay for the scientific expertise involved in analyzing and interpreting the data. Startups needing data analyses will need to budget and fundraise to address this need.

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DeletedUser

Thanks for the comment Tamar. I've personally tried to locate data in the US and have had a difficult time of it. Perhaps part of the problem is communicating what information is available.

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I'm not sure it is possible to generalize - some information is available, some isn't, so I can't speak to your experience. The trend is to make data much more available - see healthdata.gov, if you haven't already. They have some challenges for developers. It is much easier than it used to be, which is not to say that it can't be improved further.

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