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Donna Hanrahan

Greater New York City Area

Donna is passionate about healthcare and using technology to create better, more cost-effective health outcomes. As a J.D. Candidate with an M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University, her expertise lies in health care regulatory & compliance, health policy, health care reform, Medicare/Medicaid, research, IRBs, clinical studies, social media & community management. She has experience in tech startups, clinical research and public health organizations, government fraud investigations, pharmaceutical insurance & managed care organizations.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Regulatory & Complaince

    With experience in health care compliance, including HIPAA, HITECH, and Meaningful Use, I can help your organization navigate the complex health care regulatory system and avoid potential health care fraud and abuse investigations. I also provide trainings on health care regulatory and compliance issues.

    • Regulatory
    • HIPAA
    • HIPAA Compliance
    • Regulatory and Compliance
    • HITECH
    • Meaningful Use
    • IRB
    • Fraud and Abuse
    • Anti-Kickback
    • False Claims
    • Medicaid
    • Health Insurance
  • Research

    With experience in research at academic medical centers and private companies, I can help design qualitative studies, review IRB protocol, manage field researchers, draft informed consent documents, develop study tools, among other research needs.

    • Research and Clinical
    • Other
    • Qualitative Research
    • Research Strategy
    • IRB
    • Clinical Trial
  • Community Management and Social Media Marketing

    Community management surrounding your brand is key. I can develop social media communications strategy, manage social media platforms, and perform social network analytics.

    • Marketing and Sales
    • Branding
    • Social media
    • Twitter
    • Email Marketing
    • Communication
    • Marketing
    • Campaigns
    • Community Management


  • PL
    Donna is an asset to have on any team. Her tireless ability to work on complex research initiatives is further strengthened by her passion for ethically solving healthcare challenges. She is a true self-starter and finds motiviation to take on tasks which desperately need a leader. A social media and strategy maven, she combines new-world skills with a commitment to ethics and justice, something that will certainly serve her well as bioethics focused law student and future attorney.
    Paloma Luisi

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Biotech, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Payers
Markets, Health Indications, Health Issues
  • Telehealth
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Mobile health
  • Digital Health
  • Global Health
  • Health IT
  • Consumer Health
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Greater New York City Area


  • Legal Intern

    Berkley Life Sciences (a W. R. Berkley Company) | January 2014 - Current

    Performs legal research within the strategic business development team to identify litigation trends in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry and develops an insurance claims database including settlements and jury verdicts for product liability cases involving the life sciences.

  • Law and Compliance Extern, Office of the General Counsel

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey | August 2014 - Current

    Reviews provider contracts, drafts memos identifying potential causes of action with respect to new care delivery systems, and works on HIPAA compliance issues. Also conducts research on various topics in employment law, insurance law, and health law. Writes memos on legal aspects of health care reform that aim to increase access and quality of health care.

  • Yale-Hastings Visiting Scholar

    The Hastings Center | May 2014 - August 2014

    Researches the ethical, legal, and social implications of crowdsourcing data from patient-centered online networks, mobile health applications, and startup health technologies. Collaborates with senior researchers at Yale University and the Hastings Center to develop policy suggestions, develop model terms and conditions, and publish findings.

  • Legal Intern, Civil Division, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

    Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York | June 2014 - August 2014

    Assists in investigating issues such as Medicare/Medicaid fraud, kickbacks, health care claims fraud, tax fraud, HIPAA violations, Stark Anti-Kickback, False Claim Act, qui tam whistleblower, money-laundering, and corporate misconduct cases.

  • Lead Research Strategist

    CheckedUp | July 2013 - May 2014

    Leads research efforts for a healthcare technology startup. Designed the protocol for a multi-site clinical trial for a mobile health application for ophthalmologists and patients undergoing cataract surgery. Manages data collection and analysis to measure the clinical effectiveness of the mobile health technology using qualitative and quantitative methods. Explores use of mobile health in the HITECH Act's meaningful use requirements and writes white papers based on findings.

  • Research Assistant

    Columbia University Medical Center | December 2012 - February 2014

    Assists Dr. Robert Klitzman in a comparative analysis of HIV-related studies in developing countries using qualitative research methods.

  • Research Associate & Community Manager

    Healthcare Innovation & Technology Lab | September 2012 - November 2013

    The Healthcare Innovation and Technology Lab (HITLAB) is an innovation firm and research organization that ideates, creates, and evaluates technologies in healthcare. HITLAB works with a wide range of technologies and therapeutic areas, including EHRs, mHealth tools, and activity monitors. HITLAB is dedicated to improving the healthcare system by researching innovative and cost-effective technological methods to improve access and quality of care worldwide.

  • Bioethics Intern

    Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics | June 2012 - August 2012

    Participated in a series of medical, environmental, and public health ethics research, debates, lectures, and seminars. Performed independent research on the role of social media in epidemiological tracking focusing on the 2012 cholera outbreak in Haiti.

  • Human Rights Legal Intern

    NYS Division of Human Rights | January 2012 - June 2012

    Reviewed and analyzed case investigation records, interviewed witnesses in human rights cases, assisted in conference proceedings, prepared recommended rulings and provides justifications for the recommendations for civil rights cases in relation to New York State Human Rights Law

  • Senate Intern

    United States Senate | June 2011 - August 2011

    Office of Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] - Drafted grant support letters for local causes, Helped organize events for local constituents, Responded on behalf of Senator to invitations and organized office schedule, Contacted constituents about available grants and relevant legislation, performed policy research, and voiced the senator's position on a variety of legislative issues to constituents on a variety of platforms.

  • Community Marketing Manager

    Whiting Consulting | September 2011 - August 2012

    Researched trending topics in the tech space, evaluated social media analytics, maintained social network platforms, SEO/SEM, and performed administrative duties.

  • Legal Intern

    Livingston County Public Defender's Office | August 2010 - December 2010

    Assisted public defense attorneys in defending indigent clients, observed and participated in criminal court proceedings, and performed administrative duties.

  • Legal Intern

    McAndrew, Conboy, & Prisco | May 2009 - August 2009

    Performed legal research using Westlaw and LexisNexis, wrote and edited court documents, composed medical chronologies, performed administrative duties such as filing HIPAA Authorizations and No Fault Insurance Forms.


  • Seton Hall University School of Law

    Doctor of Law (J.D.) | 2013 - 2016

  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    Certificate | Social Network Analysis | 2013 - 2013

  • Columbia University in the City of New York

    Masters of Science (M.S.) in Bioethics | 2012 - 2013

  • Yale University

    Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Summer Fellowship, Class of 2012 | Biomedical and environmental ethics | 2012 - 2012

  • State University of New York College at Geneseo

    BA | Political Science, Health Policy (Honors), French Minor | 2008 - 2012