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Matariki Lecture 2017

7 February 2017, Queen’s

The inaugural Matariki Lecture was given at Queen’s by Professor Denise Anthony (Vice-Provost for Academic Initiatives and Professor and Past Chair, Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College) on the topic of “Big Data, Cyber Security and Healthcare”.  The lecture was streamed live and a recording is available below.

The Matariki Lecture series showcases themes that advance teaching and research connections between members of the Matariki network.  The lectures are held annually, hosted by member institutions on a rotating basis, and feature an invited speaker from a different Matariki partner institution.

Professor Anthony’s lecture was a featured event in Queen’s 175th Anniversary 2016-17 series: BIG DATA: The 3-Ds: Define, Describe, Debate.  This series of events at Queen’s explores the 3-Ds in action – Define, Describe, Debate – and engages intellectually and practically with a major analytic development and pressing public issue, from multi-disciplinary and cross-campus perspectives.  The series celebrates Queen’s involvement in Big Data innovations and debates and contributes to the historic and future role of Queen’s in fostering such open dialogue within the university and in the City of Kingston.   Cyber Security is one of the seven MNU Research Themes, and Dartmouth College is the lead member for this theme.

Lecture abstract: Big Data, Cyber Security and Healthcare

Big Data offers great promise but also serious perils for healthcare, as it does for other institutions of modern life.  The rush to turn the promise into reality, however, without understanding how Big Data analytics change those institutions, has important implications, both positive and negative.  For the institution(s) of health care delivery, the use of Big Data will require changes in information governance that affect not only the security and privacy of health information, but also the role of patients, the profession of medicine, and the meaning of health itself.

Matariki Lecture 2017 Poster