Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Who Owns Data From Inside Your Body? - On The Media

Who Owns Data From Inside Your Body? - On The Media

Please listen to this 8 minute audio from NPR.

Hugo Campos is a patient advocate who is working for safer and more effective implanted medical devices on the federal level. Like my brother, he found that there is a "catch" to having an implanted medical devices.
Steven Baker's implanted elbow that failed had two components removed during "revision" surgery and it took him more than a year to establish his ownership of those implanted components. Hugo believes the patient "owns" the information that is compiled by his implanted cardiac device ICD.

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