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Wednesday Nov 20th, 2019—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Digital Health Privacy and Age: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Long-Term Care
Tara Sklar, JD, MPH
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Sensor monitoring technologies provide a promising avenue for improving quality and safety in long-term care at senior residential facilities and directly in the home. The growth in the use of sensors reduces staffing challenges, enables older adults to have a greater degree of self-management, and decrease overall costs of care. The advantages of sensor monitoring technology are not, however, without their risks: the necessary trade-offs between innovation and privacy are heightened when applied to an older population where decreased cognitive function plays a larger role. While there is emerging scholarship on privacy concerns in health care settings and for patient data sharing, there is limited literature that explores privacy and acceptance of sensors by seniors in long-term care settings. This Article raises legal and ethical considerations around the continuous use of sensors in long-term care and suggests optimal integration approaches to align with the emerging privacy protections in digital health.

Tara Sklar, JD, MPH, is a Professor of Health Law and Director of the Graduate Health Sciences Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. At the University of Arizona, Sklar launched and oversees multidisciplinary, online graduate programs in Health Law, including a future Graduate Certificate in Aging Law & Policy. Professor Sklar teaches and writes on how laws and policies influence the health and well-being of older adults. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences, and The Elder Law Journal, among others. Prior to her current role, Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs and established the first online Master of Aging degree across eight colleges at the University of Melbourne in Australia. In collaboration with Coursera, she designed and led a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that has registered nearly 20,000 students called Rethinking Aging: Are We Prepared to Live Longer?.

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Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference

Thursday Apr 11th, 2019 to Friday Apr 12th, 2019
8:30am to 5:30pm

Controlling Death: The policies, practices, and ethics of choosing when we die"This two-day conference will explore ethical, legal, and clinical aspects of evolving practices of euthanasia and physician-assisted death. How ought we to think about the choices of determining the time and manner of death for our loved ones, our patients, and ourselves? How should the health and legal professions respond to these rapidly evolving practices and choices? "

ASBH 2018 Annual Conference

Thursday Oct 18th, 2018 to Sunday Oct 21st, 2018
8:00am to 12:00pm

The 20th annual American Society for Bioethics and Humanities will be held October 18-21, 2018 in Anahiem, CA.  For the full conference theme, full session descriptions and travel/hotel information, please visit the ASBH website at the link above.

The Ethics of Medical Intervention for Transgender Youth

Saturday Sep 29th, 2018
6:30pm to 9:30pm

El Rio Community Center in Tucson is  hosting a symposium on the ethics of medical intervention for Transgender Youth facilitated by nationally recognized expert speakers.  El Rio has rapidly expanded services to transgendered youth in our community through the leadership of Drs. Cronyn and Kurtzman and others, the Center wanted to host a forum for clinical staff and support staff both at El Rio and throughout Tucson that gives time to explore and discuss concerns regarding hormonal treatment, fertility and other issues in a pediatric population.Please RSVP by the Eventbrite hyperlinkCME/CEU credit will be available. For more information, see the attached flyer 

Ethics in the Pines:  Examining the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona

Friday Aug 17th, 2018
9:00am to 4:00pm

Ethics in the Pines:  Examining the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona Save the Date! Join us on August 17 at the Peaks in Flagstaff for a timely examination of the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona. We'll learn from a group of experts from public health, pharmacy, behavioral health, pain management, primary and palliative care, and patients at the summer workshop, especially as the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act is enacted in 2019. Join us for the "Happy Hour" networking during the evening of the 16th as you enjoy the cool weather of Flagstaff and stay after the event on the 17th to mingle with speakers, panelists and attendees. The cost to attend is $25.00 and includes lunch. Credit cards will be accepted on site. RSVP Today!

Yale University Summer Programs

Monday Jun 4th, 2018
4:00pm

The Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in BioethicsThe Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University will host two acclaimed programs this summer:Foundations of Bioethics (4 days, from June 4-7, 2018);Summer Institute in Bioethics (7 weeks; from June 1-July 21, 2018)

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