The Health Data Revolution @ The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston [5 December]

The Health Data Revolution

12:30 - 13:30

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The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

THE HEALTH DATA REVOLUTION: Improving Outcomes, Protecting Privacy
Presented jointly with HuffPost

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Special Time: 12:30-1:30pm ET

Will the next great medical insight come from a clinical trial, a laboratory study — or a database search? Today, health systems and insurers have access to a mountain of data about millions of Americans: what medications they take, their health history, even, in some cases, their genetics—plus an emerging body of mobile health data. Using “big data” techniques, doctors and researchers are already mining this data to deliver better care and to gain insights into the kind of hyper-specific questions that clinical trials and observational studies struggle to answer. The approach promises major, rapid-fire, highly-personalized discoveries. At the same time, with the specter of cyberattacks and hacks looming, the need for rugged privacy protection has never been greater. In this Forum, experts in healthcare data and privacy will discuss the potential for future discovery, practical steps to enable progress, and how information can be kept secure.


John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Chair, Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel

Deven McGraw, Former Deputy Director of Health Information Privacy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights; Former Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Lipika Samal, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an Investigator in Health Information Technology

Thomas Lee, Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent, HuffPost

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