The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is leveraging the cloud as part of its openFDA initiative to make data on recalls and adverse events easily accessible to software developers and researchers.

Cloud computing technology and related tools are providing an unprecedented ability to access and mine health data provided by FDA, which has been releasing datasets under the openFDA initiative since this past summer. For example, an API provides developers and researchers direct access to millions of reports on drug adverse events and medication errors that have been submitted to the regulatory agency since 2004.

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