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18 Apr
Chatbots and virtual assistants: How might they be used in pharmaceuticals?
The pharmaceutical sector is not immune to the paradigm shift in user/patient relations, connected to the development and implementation of artificial intelligence systems: when browsing the web and using smartphone applications, users increasingly encounter chatbots and virtual assistants that interact with them.
18 Jan
Doctors and the use of social media and electronic communication systems: The new FNOMCeO recommendations
FNOMCeO presented a set of Recommendations for the use of social media, e-mail, and instant messaging in the medical setting and in physician-patient communication, to prevent the potential negative repercussions of improper use of these tools.
17 Jan
Artificial intelligence and health care: News and issues in light of guidance from the Italian Data Protection Authority and the WHO
The use of AI in the healthcare field could facilitate improvement of treatment and prevention, and result in more effective allocation of resources in the field. However, there is trepidation about the consequences of possible errors and incorrect use.
23 Jun 23
Data protection enforcement in the healthcare: What can we learn from it?
In recent years, since the GDPR was fully implemented and inspections focused on enforcement of the new rules began, the Italian Data Protection Authority has focused on breaches of the rules applicable to processing health data in the context of the Electronic Health Record, the Health File, and online medical reports.
5 Oct 22
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The establishment of a European Health Data Space sits within the broader framework of the strategy developed by European institutions to create a single market for data.
12 Nov 21
Health data and digital healthcare: MedTech Europe Recommendations
On June 16, 2021, the European trade association representing the medical technology industries named MedTech Europe published a document containing recommendations for maximizing benefits from use of health data collected via medical devices.
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Our highly-ranked team of professionals will provide news, insights and multidisciplinary commentary on the hottest and most recent regulatory, transactional and contentious aspects of the pharmaceutical, bio-tech, med-tech, food supplement and healthcare world with an eye on its digital transformation and technological developments.

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October 6, 2023
CBD products: the Administrative Court suspended until October 24 the recent Decree of the Italian Ministry of Health listing cannabidiol for oral use among narcotic drugs, due to the lack o...
October 4, 2023
The Guidelines for regulating contractual relations between universities and research institutes and private sponsors were adopted by the relevant Italian Ministries following the amendment ...
September 21, 2023
CBS products: from September 20th, compositions for oral administration of cannabidiol obtained from Cannabis sativa extracts shall be considered as narcotic drugs in Italy, as they have bee...
July 27, 2023
Payback on medical devices: Italian government announces extension of payment deadline to October 30, 2023
July 21, 2023
On July 21, 2023, the Italian Ministry of Health published new guidelines on health advertising of self-medication drugs (OTC) and non-prescription drugs (SOP), including advertising on new ...
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