Technology, Data, and Health

The Program in Technology, Data, and Health seeks to understand the complex role of diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive devices in changing the definitions of health and illness, while focusing attention on the increasing role that information technology takes on in mediating access to care in past, present, and future.

Drawing from faculty and trainees across the School of Medicine, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Program encourages interdisciplinary collaborations to empirically analyze and re-theorize the relationship between technology and health in contemporary moment that increasingly proposes data as a solution to health problems.  Drawing on a diverse array of methods from history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, clinical medicine, epidemiology, and medical informatics, this network of scholars insisted on the urgency of recognizing that the impact of technology on health and medicine can never be divorced from social context.  With the support of a Sawyer Award from the Mellon Foundation on “Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data”, the Program has helped to co-sponsor several workshops on the role of medical technology in eliminating or in exacerbating existing health disparities, the urgency of examining racial, ethnic, gender, and class biases built into algorithmic models of care, the evolving roles of electronic systems in medical practice, the commodification of health data, the increasing role of sensors and wearable devices, the nascent “do-it-yourself” (DIY) and “open-source” approaches to health technologies, and the elusive promises of precision medicine.

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Researchers

Henry Fessler

Director, Fellowship Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care; Professor, SOM

Yulia Frumer

Professor, History of Science and Technology, KSAS

Gail Geller

Director of Education Initiatives, Berman Institute of Bioethics; Professor, SOM

Jeremy Greene, Director

Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine; Professor, Medicine & History of Medicine, SOM

Lindsey Grubbs

Graduate Fellow

Clara Han

Professor, Anthropology, KSAS

Jeffrey Kahn

Director, Berman Institute of Bioethics

Kirsten Moore-Sheeley

Alumni - Post Graduate Fellow 2018-19

Alexander Parry

Graduate Fellow

Daniel Polsky

Distinguished Professor

Joshua Sharfstein

Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, BSPH

Durgesh Solanki

Graduate Fellow

Rebecca Wilbanks

Postdoctoral Fellow

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

June 2, 2022

Making Space for Social Medicine in Medical School Curricula: Transnational Perspectives and Pedagogy

Critical Global Health Studies / Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society

Title: Making Space for Social Medicine in Medical School Curricula: Transnational Perspectives and Pedagogy What: Online Global Social Medicine Workshop When: June 1-2, 2022 For more info: https://globalsocialmedicine.org/online-workshop-making-space-for-social-medicine-inn-medical-school-curricula-transnational-perspectives-and-pedagogy/ Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-social-medicine-network-online-workshop-tickets-319707332237 Focus: Illness and healing can never fully be separated from social context. Yet while medical education around the world has legible standards for bioscientific subject materials, we are far more uneven in how we teach the social sciences necessary for the study of health and medicine. This event, sponsored by the Global Social Medicine Network, brings together educators from four continents on the challenges and opportunities for teaching social medicine in the 21st century....

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June 1, 2022

Making Space for Social Medicine in Medical School Curricula: Transnational Perspectives and Pedagogy

Critical Global Health Studies / Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society

Title: Making Space for Social Medicine in Medical School Curricula: Transnational Perspectives and Pedagogy What: Online Global Social Medicine Workshop When: June 1-2, 2022 For more info: https://globalsocialmedicine.org/online-workshop-making-space-for-social-medicine-inn-medical-school-curricula-transnational-perspectives-and-pedagogy/ Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-social-medicine-network-online-workshop-tickets-319707332237 Focus: Illness and healing can never fully be separated from social context. Yet while medical education around the world has legible standards for bioscientific subject materials, we are far more uneven in how we teach the social sciences necessary for the study of health and medicine. This event, sponsored by the Global Social Medicine Network, brings together educators from four continents on the challenges and opportunities for teaching social medicine in the 21st century....

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May 6, 2022
9:30 am / 6:00 pm

Conference: Reckoning with Race & Racism in Academic Medicine

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health / Reproduction, Health, & Society

Title: Reckoning with Race & Racism in Academic Medicine

What: Two-day hybrid conference, for more information visit https://hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/conf-reckoning-with-racism-med/ 

Where: Hybrid – Virtual & Armstrong 150 West

When: Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th

Who: All are welcome to attend virtually. In person registration is limited to invited speakers and guests and Hopkins Affiliates. Numbers will be capped to ensure distancing.

How to Register: Visit https://hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/conf-reckoning-with-racism-med/ 

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May 5, 2022
9:30 am / 6:00 pm

Conference: Reckoning with Race & Racism in Academic Medicine

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health / Reproduction, Health, & Society

Title: Reckoning with Race & Racism in Academic Medicine

What: Two-day hybrid conference, for more information visit https://hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/conf-reckoning-with-racism-med/ 

Where: Hybrid – Virtual & Armstrong 150 West

When: Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th

Who: All are welcome to attend virtually. In person registration is limited to invited speakers and guests and Hopkins Affiliates. Numbers will be capped to ensure distancing.

How to Register: Visit https://hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/conf-reckoning-with-racism-med/ 

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November 12, 2021
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

Trans/Medicine Workshop

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

Medicine and medical understandings have played prominent and problematic features in framing transgender historiography. Often, the critical role of trans people in shaping and contesting medical knowledge and practices has been overlooked. In this workshop, we propose to turn the question around and ask what transgender history says about the history of medicine. How can we use transgender history and trans medicine as a lens to analyze broader developments in medicine? What does trans medicine tell us about knowledge production, medical technologies, and clinical practices in modern medicine? This workshop seeks to illuminate the history of trans/medicine as a broad analytical field with a variety of actors (activists, patients, media, institutions, experts), technologies (paper, pamphlets, membership magazines, newspaper articles, diagnostic tools, hormones, scalpels), and practices (community meetings, parties, rallies, blood tests, clinical examinations, construction of nosologies). The workshop approaches history as a meaningful way of responding to pressing issues for trans people and trans medicine in the present. Organizers: Ketil Slagstad, MD and Jacob Moses, PhD  ...

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Workshop on Transgender Politics & Medicine


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September 22, 2021
5:00 pm

Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium in Bioethics and Health Policy Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics Modern public health practices for both infectious and noninfectious diseases rely heavily on screening technologies that can predict disease or susceptibility to disease before symptoms are present. Testing technologies have focused on transmission for infectious diseases and on inheritance or susceptibility for genetic diseases, with each category raising social and ethical issues for the people and populations tested and ‘labeled’ with disease. Increasingly, the distinctions between the two types of testing (and diseases) are dissolving, raising a new constellation of social and ethical issues. This public event will bring together a panel of experts to explore how screening technologies for infectious and noninfectious diseases have been used over time to understand and categorize not only disease, but also the people who have the disease. This moderated conversation will explore historical perspectives on (primarily genetic and infectious) disease causation and the relationship of causation to surveillance and stigma, with particular attention to the interplay with social and biological understandings of race. Panelists: Amy Fairchild, Dean and Professor, College of Public Health, Ohio State University Robin Scheffler, Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Quayshawn Spencer, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Moderator: Jeremy Greene, William H. Welch Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, and Director of the Department of the History of Medicine and the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University...

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September 17, 2021
9:00 am

Black Beyond Data: Combating Racial Injustice Through the Digital Humanities: An Introduction

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

The Sawyer Seminar on Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data (a grant co-sponsored with Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine’s and the Department of Anthropology) presents “Black Beyond Data: Combating Racial Injustice Through the Digital Humanities: An Introduction” on Friday, September 17th at 9am. Register here for event link. For more information about the Black Beyond Data project, for which CMHSM’s own associate director Sasha White is co-PI, see the article here....

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May 28, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Bioethics: Reckoning with Structures

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Robbie Shilliam and Dr. Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins University. To register, visit Zoom Webinar. Part of the "Epidemic//Endemic" year-long speaker series sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine. Moderated by Dr. Alexandre White, Associate Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine. About the Epidemic//Endemic Speaker Series: The COVID-19 epidemic has starkly illuminated a series of structural forces in health and society that produce endemic disparities. As a result, older questions of inequalities, social relations, and political and economic ideology are now occurring in direct conversation with current issues associated with health and health care systems. The Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at Johns Hopkins seeks to use this moment to bring scholars together for a yearlong discussion on the role of the COVID-19 epidemic in raising questions of wider importance to the social sciences and the humanities, and vice versa. Note on proceedings: We will be using the Q&A option of Zoom Webinar to collect questions throughout the talk to be asked to our speakers in the last section of the event. If your question is selected, we will ask you to come on screen and converse directly with the speakers. If you do not wish to come on screen, please let us know when submitting your question....

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April 30, 2021
Featured2:00 pm / 4:00 pm

VERDANT MEDICINE: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary

Arts, Humanities, & Health / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

VERDANT MEDICINE: HIlDEGARD'S RESONANT APOTHECARY, a livestream concert by medieval ensemble Alkemie and a roundtable conversation on the medicinal use of plants by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen.Register by Apr. 22 to receive mailed "intersensory program cards"!

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