Upcoming events Spring 2017- check back regularly for updates!

April 18: Lecture with Eric Juengst - "Anticipating 'Precision Health Care' Ethical Implications for Clinicians and Communities"

Time: 5:00pm
Location: Rita Ann Rollins Building (1531 Dickey Drive) - Room 360

Synopsis: Where the banner of "personalized healthcare" waved not long ago, the flag of "precision health care" now flies.  A national study of one million American volunteers, NIH's "All of Us" program, promises to improve medicine, nursing, and public health by more precisely targeting interventions to the individuals, families and communities in whom they can do the most good.  As this movement gains momentum, however, odd things are starting to happen to the relationship between health professionals and those they serve.  In order for "precision health care" to avoid the negative connotations of "precision bombing" -- as something imposed on others from a remote distance, to their detriment--  it will be important for both health professionals and the public -- "all of us," in fact-- to anticipate and address these ethical pitfalls .  

Co-sponsored with the Emory School of Nursing | Center for Nursing Excellence inPallative Care

April 27: Clinical Ethics Seminar with Victoria Vorholt, "Rethinking Diagnostic Error: how technology can supplement clinical reasoning and improve outcomes"
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Seminar Room 162
Synopsis: Evolution has provided humans with cognitive systems that enable us to use short-cuts when making complex decisions. However, this apparatus is vulnerable to error, which in healthcare decision-making, can lead to serious adverse effects. This presentation will survey cutting edge technologies and safeguards that seek to reduce the frequency and magnitude of errors in medical decision-making without changing our cognitive strategies.

April 28: Neuroethics Annual Symposium : The Use of Preclinical Biomarkers for Brain Diseases: A Neuroethical Dilemma
Time: 10-4:30pm
Register here.

Synopsis: Listen to scientists, ethicists, and people directly affected by different brain diseases, giving a comprehensive and multi-faceted view of the ethical quandaries involved in the detection and use of preclinical biomarkers. Panels will discuss the science and ethics of conducting preclinical research in autism, the ethics of interventions and treatment of prodromal schizophrenia, and the ethics of delivering a preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Speakers will include Emory’s own Drs. Cheryl Klaiman (Psychiatry), Allan Levey (Neurology), Elaine Walker (Psychology), and Paul Root Wolpe (Ethics), with visiting speakers Donna Chen (Psychiatry, University of Virginia) and Dena Davis (Religion, Lehigh University).

Panels will be complemented by a roundtable discussion during the lunch hour (lunch is provided), and a closing reception, giving you the opportunity to discuss the cases with your peers and speakers.

May 25: Clinical Ethics Seminar with Bryan Kibbe, "The Reconfiguration of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Age of the Electronic Medical Record"
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Seminar Room 162
Synopsis: While cutting edge and innovative new medical treatments or technologies often receive considerable ethical analysis and attention, it is also vital to attend to the often profound moral effects of ordinary technologies that play an integral role in the everyday practice of healthcare. This presentation will consider how the increasingly ordinary technology of the electronic medical record introduces novel challenges to the way we maintain and promote patient privacy and confidentiality amidst the delivery of healthcare in the 21st century. While security threats to electronic medical records have received considerable attention, this presentation will instead focus on the ways in which traditional notions of doctor-patient confidentiality are stretched and strained by the fact that the electronic medical record grants increasingly large numbers of healthcare providers unprecedented access to organized and searchable patient health information. How then should we proceed going forward? Should we simply accept that the meanings of privacy and confidentiality are reconfigured and altered in the age of the electronic medical record? Or, should a sufficiently robust commitment to privacy and confidentiality exert additional pressure on how we design and utilize the electronic medical record?