Policy Experts Call for Easier Access to Healthcare Data for Research

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, a leader in coordinating healthcare initiatives in Camden, said legislation is needed to make data more easily accessible to researchers, who can spend years trying to access the information they need. Layers of security protect data, under federal privacy laws, and the fact that data for individual patients is kept by several different state agencies complicates efforts to improve access.Via NJSpotlight.

Hespe Assures Senate Panel PARCC is on Track, Despite Lingering Doubts

It looks like PARCC testing is on track but Technology readiness remains largest concern, with recent reports showing only 70 percent of field trials were up to the task, says John Moony via NJSpotlight

Tesla Motors Appeals NJ Regulation Banning Car Sales Directly to Consumers

Tesla Motors is appealing last month’s state Motor Vehicle Commission ruling that would prohibit the car maker from selling its luxury electric vehicles directly to consumers, bypassing franchise dealers. Via. NJ.com.

Mercer County Wave Energy Company Cancels Plan for Project Off Oregon Coast

Ocean Power Technologies of Pennington said it terminated an agreement to deploy one of its PowerBuoys off the coast of Oregon because it was unable to obtain financing to cover “a considerable increase in costs,” Bloomberg reported, citing a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Story via Alexi Friedman/The Star-Ledger

South Brunswick-based Steel ORCA to Operate $650 M Data Center in Old Phizer Labs

Steel ORCA will operate a collocation center, in the former Phizer labs space on Ridge Road in South Brunswick. The company will reopen the facility in stages, eventually investing an amount they have pegged at $650 million. Via Brendan McGrath/The Times of Trenton.

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