The Google of Healthcare: Making Big Data Work for—As Opposed to Against—Our Patients’ Best Interest

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Hatcher Library Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library (913 S. University Avenue)


Our data are collected at every turn: where we drive, who we email, what we google, what we buy. Perhaps a last bastion of expected privacy protections surrounds our health data—but while some systems (like healthcare providers) have stringent governance, others (like wellness apps) do not. Ready access and linkage of medical information can help us provide better care to our patients, but it can also serve to harm, alienate, and erode trust. This talk will explore how health data are currently being collected and by who, as well as ways we can both serve and protect our patients in the future.