Guiding the evolution of data-driven healthcare

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Ensuring Progress with Protections

The Cordell Institute is a first-of-its-kind collaboration established to facilitate the emergence of ethical data-driven healthcare. By bringing together biomedical experts in human genomics with legal experts in privacy and health law, the Cordell Institute seeks to reimagine how ethics and regulations can be synchronized with technological advancements. Our scholarship drives policies that reveal how human information can be used appropriately and effectively to build confidence and trust.

Our Mission: To pioneer an ethical, data-driven future, to promote health, and to protect people

The Cordell Institute works at the intersection of three critically-important human values – data ethics, promoting health, and protecting people. Technologies powered by human data offer the promise of improving our health and lives in many ways, from treatments for cancer and Covid-19, to access to the world’s knowledge and instantaneous global communication, to artificial intelligence and search engines. In building these human-centered technologies, we cannot let misunderstandings of the science by lawmakers and judges hamper their deployment in ethical ways.

But at the same time, these technologies present numerous risks and complexities, from issues of equality in access to misinformation, manipulation and serious threats to democracy. We have to chart a reasonable, science-informed, ethical pathway that takes advantage of the promise of these technologies while avoiding their perils.

Charting such a path will require more science than a lawyer can know, more law and policy than a doctor can know and more ethics than an engineer can know on their own. The Cordell Institute team brings together all of these areas of expertise and more as part of its novel, trans-disciplinary approach to the problems of human information policy in health and beyond.

Our Work

Strengthening data and technology with ethical and legal frameworks to facilitate advancement

Bringing together medicine and law

Solving emerging legal and policy issues

Convening experts from around the globe

We’re convening experts.

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