High-Tech Health Care: The Ethics of Powering Patient Care

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 241
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

2016 was one of the biggest years for health-care technology with innovations in medical devices, software, and changes to how healthcare is administered. A majority of this trend in the growing use of technology can be attributed to the adoption of health care IT solutions by providers to meet regulatory requirements, decrease costs, improve operational efficiency, and improve the quality of health care. From electronic medical records to interoperability between health systems, the amount of health data for each patient is growing rapidly.

As a result, aspects of these technologies can create conflicts with ethical principles such as autonomy, fidelity, and justice. Autonomy can be jeopardized when patients’ health data is linked or shared without patients’ knowledge. Fidelity can be jeopardized when thousands of data points are exposed or released after a security breach. Justice can be jeopardized if patients lack access to their health information or records. Panelists will discuss these and other ethical implications of using technology to provide more efficient and quality patient care. They will also discuss their predictions for the future of technology in the health-care industry with the emergence of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The event is facilitated by the Zygo Student Lunchtime Series on Ethics and Medicine and is cosponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities & Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.


David Kale, Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science, Viterbi Dean’s Doctoral Fellow, Alfred E. Mann Engineering Fellow, Data Scientist, USC Center for Body Computing

George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Administrative Director, Health,Technology & Engineering at USC, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, USC Keck School of Medicine

Shinyi Wu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Assistant Professor, USC School of Social Work, Associate Director of Social and Health Services, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus

Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics
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