Susannah Fox and Thomas Goetz discussed the role of health information in preventing chronic disease at the Pew Research Center on April 23rd. You can listen to the discussion below.

If you’re having trouble listening to the webcast above, you can also listen here.

About the panel

Susannah Fox is the Associate Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, where she studies the cultural shifts taking place at the intersection of technology and health care. 

Thomas Goetz is the executive editor of Wired Magazine and author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine.

In his book, Goetz catalogs the recent advances (and setbacks) in medicine & personal health, but also maps out the possibilities for how things could get better. He does this so convincingly that you can’t believe it’s not already taking root: clear labeling on drugs & food, passive tracking of our exercise routines, open access to our health data. Fox’s perspective is based on her recent reports about how patients use the internet to gather and share health information, often supplementing health professionals’ advice with peer advice.

Discussion topics include:

– the role of health information in preventing chronic disease

– the Quantified Self community and health care

– the pluses + pitfalls of sharing health information online

– distinguishing good health information from bad

– personal DNA and health decisions

– why “it takes motivation to leave home to get motivated”

– mobile health and its role in making health decisions


Friday, April 23, 2010
2:00 – 3:30 pm


Pew Internet & American Life Project
1615 L Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036


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