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Medea Talks: Where is “the Human” in Digital Health Technology?

February 21, 2017 @ 16:1518:00

Kirsten Ostherr. Photographer Christopher Kern.

Medea Talks on February 21 with media scholar and design thinker Kirsten Ostherr. Title: “Where is ‘the Human’ in Digital Health Technology? Experiments at the Medical Futures Lab.”

Listen to Kirsten Ostherr talk to Erin Cory about Medical Humanities in the Medea Vox episode “On Media and Medicine.”

View Kirsten Ostherr’s Medea Talk in the video embedded above (or on YouTube)

Like many fields, medicine is increasingly driven by big data, algorithms, simulations, and mobile technologies that promise personalization, efficiency, and scalability. Many doctors and patients are left wondering how the human experience of health and disease fits into this highly technological world. This talk will describe how the collaborative participatory design practices at the Medical Futures Lab explore and intervene at the intersection of human and technological medicine.

Professor Susan Kozel moderates the talk.

Place: Hörsal B1, Niagara, Malmö University

Free of charge, but please sign up!

Kirsten Ostherr is a media scholar and design thinker who specializes in health and medical visualizations: historical, present and future. She’s a Professor of English at Rice University and recently completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Her work is focused on bringing media theory and health communication into a more powerful and beneficial engagement. She’s especially interested in using new media technologies to enhance patient-centered care. Learn more on Ostherr’s website. Also read more about the Medical Futures Lab.


February 21, 2017
16:15 – 18:00


Medea, Malmö University


Medea @ Niagara
Nordenskiöldsgatan 1
Malmö, 211 19 Sweden
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