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11 November 2021 - 11 November 2021
1:00PM - 2:00PM
You are warmly invited to this academic year's first Medical Humanities Research Seminar, hosted by Durham University’s English Studies Department and the Institute for Medical Humanities.
This talk will discuss the emergence of a set of practices known as “data-driven medicine,” and their intersection with both individual and societal narratives about health and illness. Through a discussion of technologies including telehealth, digital biomarkers, and mobile health apps, Dr. Ostherr will explain how data aggregation inside and outside of clinical settings is presenting faulty narratives that fail to account for fundamental aspects of human experience, including concepts of trust, privacy, and emotional affect. Although “data-driven medicine” is presented as a means to improve and personalize healthcare, these gaps are more likely to increase health disparities and harm the most vulnerable communities. Finally, the presentation will consider alternative methods, based in translational health humanities.
For further information please contact Louise Creechan or Angela Woods.
Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice University in Houston, Texas
Dr Kirsten Ostherr is a media scholar, health researcher, and technology analyst. Her research on trust and privacy in digital health ecosystems has been featured in Slate, The Washington Post, Big Data & Society, and Catalyst. She has recently published research on medical humanities and artificial intelligence in The Journal of Medical Humanities, and her writing on COVID-19 has been featured in Inside Higher Ed and in American Literature.