Welcome to the guest lecture by
Klaus Hoeyer, University of Copenhagen

Data Paradoxes: The Politics of Intensified Data Sourcing in Contemporary Healthcare

April 13, 14:00-16:00, Room 114, Unioninkatu 35, University of Helsinki

In April DataLit is hosting an open lecture about data paradoxes with Klaus Hoeyer from the University of Copenhagen. The topic of the lecture will revolve around the politics of intensified data sourcing in contemporary healthcare, where everybody seems to want more data, of higher quality, on more people, and to use this data for a wider range of purposes. Policymakers present such pervasive data collection as leading to a healthcare system in which data can quickly, efficiently, and unambiguously be interpreted and provide better care for patients, more efficient administration, enhanced options for research, and accelerated economic growth. In practice, however, data are often difficult to interpret and the many purposes to which they are now put often undermine one another. Based on an analysis of data intensification in Denmark, a world leader in healthcare data infrastructures, Klaus Hoeyer suggests that data politics is best understood through paradoxes.

Klaus Hoeyer is professor of medical science and technology studies at the Centre for Medical STS (MeST) and the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. He has his background in social anthropology, African Area Studies and medical ethics, and he has worked with, e.g., research biobanking, stem cells, property issues, forensic biobanking, bone and organ transplantation, public-private partnerships, ethics regulation, EU health regulation, data-intensification and public perceptions of genetics, organ transplantation and, most recently, data politics.