Big Data, Ethics & the Market

The translation of genomic medicine from basic research into medical practice involves partnership of public sector and private companies. Recent empirical research demonstrates that public attitudes towards commercial interests in healthcare are, at best, hesitant. Importantly these attitudes involve significant ethical and conceptual claims and presuppositions about the ethics of markets and the relationship between markets and other areas of value, specifically health and health care.

The Centre for Personalised Medicine and the Ethox Centre of the University of Oxford hosted a conference that explored how a publicly funded healthcare system can optimise partnerships with the commercial sector in using data to improve patient outcomes, whilst maintaining its central principles of patient care.