Health on the Go: Medical Apps, Privacy, and Liability

April 4, 2014

Five hundred million people will use a health app by 2015 and the use of health apps will increase by 25% yearly. But what are the privacy and legal implications of Health on the Go?

About the Conference

The digital world presents new opportunities to improve your health. It’s now possible for your every movement, every intonation in your voice, every phone call you dial or receive, and every website you visit to be tracked, documented and analyzed to create your health profile. From maximizing your personal health and identifying public health trends to fueling a new sector of the economy, health information from apps, social networks and games is shaping our lives. And as our digital health data grow, the need to address the legal, medical and social implications becomes increasingly important.

On Friday, April 4, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in partnership with UIC School of Public Health brought together medical app developers, lawyers, regulators and health care professionals to discuss privacy and policy considerations for a public increasingly dependent on "Health on the Go." The conference discussed the laws and regulations dealing with the collection and use of health information outside the health care system. It also addressed current federal and state investigations into data aggregation and medical apps. 

Overview Speaker

Lisa MadiganIllinois Attorney General 

Plenary Speaker

George Annas, JD, MPH
Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Boston University


Lori Andrews, JD
Director, Institute for Science, Law and Technology
Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Sarah Blenner, JD, MPH
Director, Center for Diabetes Research and Policy, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Ben Gerber, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Erik Jones, JD
Director, Policy Bureau, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Scott A. Kamber, JD
Managing Partner, KamberLaw, LLC

M. Ellen Mitchell, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Interim Dean, IIT Lewis College of Human Sciences

Melanie Tiano, JD
Investigative Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Yan Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Jonathan Zuck
President, Association for Competitive Technology (ACT)
Representing the App Community


William Kling, JD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health
Adjunct Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Richard Warner, JD
Faculty Director, Center for Law and Computers
Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Please note that registration for this event is now closed.

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