Connecting the dots with health data: The Implant Files Case

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Emily Siegel of NBC News; Pauliina Siniauer of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • 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. 

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • 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

  • Pauliina Siniauer is a Helsinki-based journalist who specializes in investigative and food-related journalism. Her work has appeared in BBC Radio 4, Radio Helsinki, Saveur, and NBC News. Currently she works as a data journalist for Helsingin Sanomat and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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