amazon_echo_dot_400_267_70_sShould Alexa Diagnose Alzheimer’s?: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium

Please join us for this special event organized by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Friday, February 11, 2022, 9:30AM Pacific (12:30 PM Eastern)
Virtual Event via Zoom (details sent after registration)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this panel discussion will be held virtually, as an online webinar. To ensure that you will receive access to the livestream and be kept up to date on any changes to the event, register now. We will send out a link to the livestream of the event to all registrants the day before and day of the event. Last registration is 11:30am on the day of the event.

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Technology is now part of our lives in ways that were not possible only 10-20 years ago. Smart devices, like watches, phones, and speakers, can gather vast amounts of information about their users, often without the user’s knowledge or consent. As technology continues to improve, many of these devices may also be leveraged to serve diagnostic functions. Technologies such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant can ambiently and continually monitor a variety of information about an individual’s location, voice, and movement. As this technology merges with wearables, such as the Apple Watch or FitBit, it may become possible to diagnose a wide range of diseases, including Alzhiemer’s. But should it?

To help answer that question, Dr. Barbara Evans and Dr. Jason Karlawish will discuss the medical, legal, and ethical implications of using such technology to diagnose diseases, such as Alzhiemer’s.


  • Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center
  • Barbara Evans, Professor of Law and Stephen C. O’Connell Chair, Fredric G. Levin College of Law and  Professor of Engineering, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida
  • Jason Karlawish, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderator: David A. Simon, Research Fellow, Digital Home Health, Petrie-Flom Center

The Health Policy and Bioethics Consortia is a monthly series that convenes two international experts from different fields or vantage points to discuss how biomedical innovation and health care delivery are affected by various ethical norms, laws, and regulations.

They are organized by the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Support provided by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.



9:30AM - 10:30AM Fri 11 Feb 2022, Pacific timezone

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