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Harvard and HuffPost: The Health Data Revolution: Improving Outcomes, Protecting Privacy

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and HuffPost will jointly present a free, live ForumHSPH.org  webcast, “The Health Data Revolution: Improving Outcomes, Protecting Privacy,” Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:30pm – 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. Expert participants will include Dr. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Chair, Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel; Dr. 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; Dr. Lipika Samal, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an Investigator in Health Information Technology; Dr. Thomas Lee, Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard Chan School. Moderator will be Mr. Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent, HuffPost. Watch at ForumHSPH.org. E-mail questions for the expert participants any time before or during the live webcast to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu. Or Tweet them to @ForumHSPH using #bigdata. We also will stream live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Forumhsph/  We’ll also be conducting a live chat on The Forum’s  Health Data Revolution web page.  The Forum will accommodate as many questions as we can during a limited Q&A. If time does not allow for us to ask your question, we encourage you to continue the conversation by posting comments on our website at ForumHSPH.org. The webcast is part of The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums.