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Digital Health @ Harvard Lunch Series

What Should Happen to Our Medical Records When We Die?

Featuring Dr. Jon Cornwall, Centre for Early Learning in Medicine

Digital innovation is transforming health care, and the amount of digital health care data being generated will likely have increasing research utility over time. Despite the seemingly logical and inevitable application of health care data from deceased persons for research and health care both now and in the future, the issue of how best to manage posthumous medical records is currently unclear, including elements of resource governance, issues of law, and infrastructural challenges.

This presentation explores current issues surrounding how to manage the medical records of the dead, integrating evidence from the field of body donation to inform and guide the discussion on the utilization of posthumous medical information. It also delivers results from a year-long study on posthumous health care data utility that explored the views of the general population to the use of posthumous medical records, which showed a centrally collated and Government-governed resource of posthumous health care data was almost universally supported, with varying caveats around how such a resource should be utilized.


This event is a brown-bag luncheon and we encourage you to bring lunch to enjoy during event. Please note this event is not being live webcast but is being recorded and will be shared on our website shortly after event date.

The Digital Health @ Harvard series features speakers from Harvard as well as collaborators and colleagues from other institutions who research the intersection between health and digital technology. The series is cosponsored by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. The goal of the series is to discuss ongoing research in this research area, share new developments, identify opportunities for collaboration, and explore the digital health ecosystem more generally

Past Event
Apr 3, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall
Milstein East C (Room 2036, Second Floor)
Cambridge, MA 02138 US

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Digital Health @ Harvard Lunch Series

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