Jeffrey Kahn, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance
Abstract: Digital technologies to aid and assist contact tracing efforts were proposed early in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and implemented by a handful of countries across Asia and Europe. The introduction of so-called digital contact tracing technologies (DCTT) has been slower in the U.S. for a range of reasons. This presentation will discuss some of the ethics and governance issues with the introduction of DCTTs in the U.S., and highlight some of the recommendations from a project led by Johns Hopkins University.
Biography: Jeffrey Kahn is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy. He is also Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the U.S. and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles, and is currently co-PI for the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Ethics and Policy Research on Genomics and Infectious Disease (NIH-NHGRI). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the Hastings Center, and has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and National Academy of Medicine (NAM), where he is currently a member of NAM Council; the Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation (CESTI); and chair of the NAM Board on Health Sciences Policy. His education includes a BA in microbiology (UCLA, 1983), MPH (Johns Hopkins, 1988), and PhD in philosophy (Georgetown, 1989).