It’s been said that many of the same technological capabilities that are fueling precision medicine are also the source of its greatest challenges. We’ve made incredible strides in collecting, combining, and mining health data, but we have yet to fully acknowledge the critical need to clearly display the output. If the goal of precision medicine is to provide more effective, targeted treatments and tailored preventative care, shouldn’t the information support systems for all parties also be just as tailored and effective? Data visualization for precision medicine needs to be intelligible, meaningful, and actionable for the variety of people who depend upon them. Whether a patient, health care provider, scientific researcher, or device manufacturer, the display designs and interfaces need to address such questions as — What is the context?  What is important here? What can I do with this?  Let’s not forget that technology may be the driver but, by definition, medicine’s ultimate impact is on human beings, and not machines.

About the Presenter:

HUNTER WHITNEYHunter Whitney is a User Experience (UX) Designer who has helped create useful and usable interface designs for clients in areas ranging from bioscience and medicine to information technology and marine biology. He has advised corporations, start-ups, government agencies, and NGOs.

In addition to his UX work, he is the author of the book “Data Insights: New Ways to Visualize and Make Sense of Data”, published by Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier. He has written numerous articles about a range of subjects, including data visualization, for various online and print publications. His aim is to encourage conversations among people with diverse skills and perspectives about presenting data in ways that are more widely accessible and engaging.

He received dual bachelor’s degrees – one in English Literature from UCLA and the other in Biology from UCSC, and has completed post-graduate neuropsychology research at UCLA. The combination of these multidisciplinary studies reflects his longstanding interest in the intersection between the humanities and the sciences. (Twitter: @HunterWhitney Website: hunterwhitney.com)


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