New and emerging healthcare technologies—including whole genome sequencing, wearables, and AI assisted treatments—offer innovative possibilities for realizing the right to health. These technologies hold the potential for automatizing certain processes to free up time for healthcare professionals to spend with patients, detecting disease more accurately and swiftly, and furthering access in remote communities. However, digital medicine also raises other human rights concerns, posing risks to privacy, self-determination, and equality. This talk will trace the promises and pitfalls of such emerging technologies from a human rights based perspective.
Dr. Katharina Ó Cathaoir is an Associate Professor of health law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala. She is a co-author of Health and Human Rights: Global and European Perspectives (Intersentia, 2022) and Children’s Rights and Food Marketing: State Duties in Obesity Prevention (Intersentia, 2022) and a course convener of “Health and Human Rights” at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
UNC Center for Bioethics
UNC Public Policy
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
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