re:health – Knowledge Graphs, Mobile Health, Twitter Activism

Our re:health track is ready: There are 13 sessions in total, with 21 speakers from six countries and 8.5 hours of program. Read more on the re:health program in the second part of our series (the first part can be found here).

How does the “information market” change when Google starts compiling health and medical information of its own, using the so-called Knowledge Graph, as is currently the case in the US? To which extent can Google’s quality standards compete with those of evidence-based medicine? These are the questions that Klaus Koch from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare is going to address, together with Jens Redmer of Google and Timo Thranberend from the Bertelsmann Foundation, in their session: “The logic of Google and the demand for good health information”.

Chronic diseases for instance generally entail far greater dangers in developing countries. On the one hand, the therapeutic possibilities there are lacking, and on the other hand, those concerned are less able to avoid risk factors. Could ICTs help in this situation? In the panel discussion “Fighting Chronic Disease With Digital Innovation”, Regina M. Sipos and Hani Eskandar from the International Telecommunication Union ITU, as well as mobile health specialist Andres Martin and Kenyan serial entrepreneur James Odede will have a look at global and/or local solutions.

What are the risks of Wearables, or of new technologies for body modification? What impact does the Pill have from a sociocultural and -political perspective? How is plastic surgery promoted on Twitter? And what happens when scientists turn into Twitter activists – for science?

Overview of of all re:health sessions, under @rehealth and with the hashtag #rehealth.

photo credit: Raika Heidemann (CC BY 2.0)