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Identity Online: Implications for Healthcare



presentation delivered at the MIT Future of Health Technology Summit in Boston, 21 September 2008

presentation delivered at the MIT Future of Health Technology Summit in Boston, 21 September 2008



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  • I am a creature of the net and have been for the last 15 years. First as a user, glad of the new ways of doing things, then of doing things I couldn't do before and later as someone trying to make some sense of it all to help others. But only in the last year or so I have started to see as identity as something far more fundamental to the various web phenomena than it might appear at the first glance.

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  • Identity Online: implications for healthcare Adriana Lukas VRM Labs @ Future of Health Technology Summit MIT Faculty Club 21 September 2008
  • My identity journey
  • From sabotaged identity
  • through inclusive identity
  • to my own identity
  • Why identity?
    • self-determination
    • impact
  • What is identity?
  • Systemic view
    • governments
    • centralised systems
    • privacy
    • rights of individual
    • bureaucracy
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • meaning of life
    • “ who am I?”
    Individual view
  • Off-line
  • We are what our papers say we are
  • System centric
    • third-party driven
    • centralised
    • read-only
    • static
  • hierarchy
      • objects are directly linked to immediate superiors or to subordinates, no direct links to peers
  • Online
  • We are what we say we are geriatric1927 = 79 year old Peter
  • And how others see us and relate to us
  • Individual centric
    • self-driven
    • distributed
    • read-write
    • dynamic
  • Network
    • heterarchy: each element shares same horizontal position of power and authority, playing theoretically equal role
  • Consume Create produce distribute
      • People formerly known as audience
  • Environment Technology Individual
  • Structural development
  • Technological development
  • Technological development
  • Identity development
  • User-driven phenomena social web, P2P, Web 2.0 Structure Enabler Driver
  • Healthcare
  • Tools of medicine
  • Communities PatientsLikeMe
  • Patients Grandfather builds Web browser for autistic boy
  • patient-driven healthcare Communities Medicine Patients
  • The wisdom of crowds does not resist expert opinion - only dependence on a single expert opinion. The Wisdom of Patients: Health care meets online social media
  • Networked healthcare
  • Google Health Microsoft Health Vault Indivo health/Dossia Sugarstats
  • Data
  • Relationships
  • Applications
    • extended knowledge
    • shared expertise
    • distributed
    • focused where needed
  • Individual/patient as a platform
  • VRM Labs
    • [email_address]