DEADLINE 12/1: Call for Abstracts: Big Data, Health Law, & Bioethics*

<http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/2016-annual-conference>*Petrie-Flom
Center 2016 Annual Conference:
<http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/2016-annual-conference>*

*Big Data, Health Law, & Bioethics
<http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/2016-annual-conference>*

*May 6 and possibly May 7, 2016*

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA



The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
<http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/> at Harvard Law School is pleased to
announce plans for our 2016 annual conference, entitled: “Big Data, Health
Law, and Bioethics.”  This year’s conference is organized in collaboration
with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
<https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/> and the Health Ethics and Policy Lab,
University of Zurich
<http://www.ebpi.uzh.ch/en/aboutus/departments/publichealth/healthpol/healthethpollab.html>
, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.


Conference Description

“Big Data” is a phrase that has been used pervasively by the media and the
lay public in the last several years. While many definitions are possible,
the common denominator seems to include the “three V’s” – Volume (vast
amounts of data), Variety (significant heterogeneity in the type of data
available in the set), and Velocity (speed at which a data scientist or
user can access and analyze the data).



Defined as such, health care has become one of the key emerging use cases
for big data. For example, Fitbit and Apple’s ResearchKit can provide
researchers access to vast stores of biometric data on users from which to
test hypotheses on nutrition, fitness, disease progression, treatment
success, and the like. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
have vast stores of billing data that can be mined to promote high value
care and prevent fraud; the same is true of private health insurers.  And
hospitals have attempted to reduce re-admission rates by targeting patients
that predictive algorithms indicate are at highest risk based on analysis
of available data collected from existing patient records.

Underlying these and many other potential uses, however, are a series of
legal and ethical challenges relating to, among other things, privacy,
discrimination, intellectual property, tort, and informed consent, as well
as research and clinical ethics.



This conference, and anticipated edited volume, will aim to: (1) identify
the various ways in which law and ethics intersect with the use of big data
in health care and health research, particularly in the United States; (2)
understand the way U.S. law (and potentially other legal systems) currently
promotes or stands as an obstacle to these potential uses; (3) determine
what might be learned from the legal and ethical treatment of uses of big
data in other sectors and countries; and (4) examine potential solutions
(industry best practices, common law, legislative, executive, domestic and
international) for better use of big data in health care and health
research in the U.S.


Call for Abstracts

We welcome submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific
policy issues.  (Please see attached flier for potential topics)


How to Participate (please see attached flier for detailed information)

If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of
the paper you would plan to present to petrie-flom@law.harvard.edu
<petrie-flom@law.harvard.edu?subject=2016%20Annual%20Conference> as soon as
possible, but *not later than December 1, 2015*.


Registration

The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is
limited. Registration will open in January 2016. For more information,
check out the conference website
<http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/2016-annual-conference>!


*Questions*

Please contact Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom
Center:hlynch@law.harvard.edu617-384-5475.


*This year’s conference is organized in collaboration with the Berkman
Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
<https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/> and the Health Ethics and Policy Lab,
University of Zurich
<http://www.ebpi.uzh.ch/en/aboutus/departments/publichealth/healthpol/healthethpollab.html>,
with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.*