On December 6th, 2016 the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences hosted a free and public lecture on the ways that the Internet and Big Data are causing transformations in science, medicine, and the creation and development of therapeutic techniques*.
The four panelists (Prof. Jason Bobe, MSc, Icahn Institute for Genomics & Multiscale Biology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Ernesto Ramirez, PhD, Director of Research & Development, Fitabase; Prof. Kingshuk Sinha, PhD, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; Prof. Barbara Evans, PhD, JD, LLM, University of Houston Law Center) spoke for 15 minutes each, responded to questions, and the symposium ended with a full Q&A session with all the panelists.
All presentations were thought-provoking and highlighted new directions for consumer-driven and precision medicine. Yet I was troubled that none addressed the ways that resources (or should I say, a lack of resources) may affect whether an individual is able to participate in this realm, whether because of their finances, free time, Internet and/or smartphone (in)access, or an ability to code or develop software.
I asked the panelists this question (see the video below) at roughly one hour and forty-two minutes into the talk:
* Support for the Deinard Memorial Lecture Series on Law & Medicine comes from the Deinard family and the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street. This lecture series is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; Center for Bioethics; and Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology.