12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

From health data pioneer John Halamka, who will be part of this panel:

The new threats to information security and integrity are state sponsored cyberterrorism, hackivism and organized crime.  Every CIO I know loses sleep over these threats.  Let’s work together to identify emerging threats, implement best practices for mitigating risks and investigate promising new technologies like blockchain.

Watch it live Tuesday. 



Health events in Boston 10/23 to 10/28

Thanks to Fred Hapgood and Boston Science and Engineering Lectures for most of these listings.  And, as he notes, do check Harvard events as some may not be open to the public or be in buildings with limited access.


The CCE focuses on understanding cancer evolution through a multi-disciplinary approach. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms behind tumor evolution, metastasis formation, emergence of drug resistance to ultimately provide more specialized and effective patient care in a variety of different cancer types. 

1 pm “The Effect of Shifting Global Health & Climate Change Policies on Malaria Eradication.”   Harvard School of Public Health.  The-Effect-of-Shifting-Climate-Change-Poster_final-1024x791


 Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Evolution of Malaria

12:00-1:30PM.  Snyder Auditorium, Kresge G1, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Boston Connected Health Conference. World Trade Center. Registration fee.


Markets, Morals, and Medicine.”   Michael Sandel.   Harvard Medical school :  Carl W. Walter Amphitheater.   Details, Registration.


“Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics.”   A symposium.   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details.

Reinforcement Learning for Healthcare.”   Finale Doshi-Velez.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.


“Capturing Skeletons with Pencil and Paper.”   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.



Flood of gadgets slows the push for health connectivity

The flood of gadgets that don’t interact is slowing the push for health connectivity, says Rob Havasy of the Center for Connected Health. The Partner’s program aims “to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients.”  

I have become even more convinced that this increasing complexity, driven by the proliferation of communication services available to consumers, is the largest technical hurdle to broad Connected Health adoption that we face. Here in Boston we are both blessed and cursed with a very competitive communications environment. Many residents of Boston and surrounding towns can choose to get their television service from up to five companies (cable and satellite); their broadband from three or four companies; and in-home telephone service from another three or four companies. Or they could abandon their landline phone all together and go cellular only, or even choose from one of the broadband phone companies like Vonage. One of the problems we face daily at the Center is not the lack of some new device or some awesome new wireless communication method. It’s the difficulty of getting a simple and inexpensive combination of devices into someone’s home that doesn’t require outside technical experts to help install and use them…”

Harvard to create “Institute of Translational Immunology”

The Crimson reports that Harvard Med is expanding its immunology program

More on the program: 

This committee will be accompanied by the newly-created Division of Immunology within the restructured Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology.

The final tier of the initiative is the Harvard Institute of Translational Immunology (HITI), which will take a multidisciplinary approach to the field of immunology and “train the next generation of translational and clinical immunologists.”

Additionally, the Helmsley Trust has funded a new pilot grant program—based out of HITI—that will devote its initial research to type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.


Patient empowerment and the digital revolution

Forgive the budding clichés. If you are at all interested in patient empowerment and the many other ways the the digital revolution is changing health care, check out the tweet stream from the Connected Health conference

I find it kind of hard to follow tweetstreams because they read backwards. But, you can click on each tweeter’ site from the stream and start from the top.  NatNetBoston was there yesterday, tweeting live.

Or try #chs10.