(C) 2015 Brishty Alam. Image: AKIM, CEMSIIS

THE FILE: On the temporal dimensions of electronic patient records


THE FILE: On the temporal dimensions of electronic patient records
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3, 1030 
  • Ulrike Felt Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna
  • Christoph Bock Project leader of Genom Austria, CeMM
  • Alexander Gaiger Psycho Oncology, University Clinic Internal Medicine I/Vienna General Hospital
  • Susanne Rasoul-Rockenschaub AKIM project, CeMSIIS/MIAS, Medical University of Vienna
In this minisymposium we would like to ask whether a file, such as the electronic patient record, extends our understanding of a scientific atlas. By means of complex information architectures, bureaucracy produces dynamic data containers that allow us to assemble heterogeneous media. Using the example of hospital/medical information systems we, together with our guests, will investigate whether the integration and structuring of multimodal patient data enriches, or even challenges, the traditional medical atlas as a school for the visual perception and aesthetic experience of patients’ bodies. In particular, we are interested in how the introduction of a temporal dimension and the interlinking of patient care, scientific research and patient management affect clinical practice. Do we, as patients, become multimedial log files and biobanks?

The topic is related to the “Atlas making” project in the Art&Science master’s programme this year. A scientific atlas is the result of the collective empiricism of a scientific discipline and can be described as a collection of images. These images play an important role in calibrating the eye of the members and academic offspring of that discipline. (Daston/Galison 2007). The assignment for the students is to develop an “atlas” that provides a basis for the collective and empirical knowledge transfer of a newly invented discipline.

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Concept & realisation: Bernd Kräftner 
in collaboration with Brishty Alam & Valerie Deifel


Christoph Bock
Project Leader of Genom Austria, CeMM*
Christoph Bock is a genome scientist and principal investigator at CeMM. He is also a guest professor at the Medical University of Vienna’s Department for Laboratory Medicine, coordinator of the Biomedical Sequencing Facility and adjunct group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. He has a background in bioinformatics and epigenomics, with a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany) and postdoctoral research at the Broad Institute and Harvard University (Cambridge, USA). He joined CeMM in 2012, and he coordinates the next generation sequencing activities of CeMM and the Medical University of Vienna. He leads the genome sequencing and analysis sectors of Genome Austria. He is particularly interested in the interplay of genes and environment. Genom Austria, as part of the Global Network of Personal Genome Projects, aims to create a dataset of openly available human genomes. It also contributes to the public discussion about genomes in science, medicine and society. Their approach is to invite volunteering participants to publicly share their personal genome data for the greater good.
Ulrike Felt
Science & Technology Studies, University of Vienna
Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies and head of the STS department at the University of Vienna. Having finished her PhD in theoretical physics, she worked for nearly five years in an interdisciplinary research team of science historians at the European Center for High Energy Physics (CERN), in Geneva. Here she studied the social, political and scientific aspects of the foundational period of CERN; the first big European research institution. She has wide experience in running nationally and internationally funded research projects and works with a broad spectrum of social science research methods. She has been visiting professor in a number of institutions, such as GERSULP/Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), Centre Interuniversitaire pour la Recherche en Science et Technologie (Universite du Québec à Montréal), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris), Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich) and the STS Circle (Harvard). From July 2002 to June 2007 she was editor of the international peer-reviewed journal ‘Science, Technology, & Human Values’ (Journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science). She has also engaged in policy advice, both nationally and at the European level.
Alexander Gaiger
Psycho Oncology, University Clinic Internal Medicine I/Vienna General Hospital
Alexander Gaiger is a professor at Clinical Department for Haematology and Haemostaseology at the Vienna General Hospital and head of the Cancer Rehabilitation Center LMZ. He is a doctor of internal medicine, haematooncologist and psychotherapist. He is also president of the Austrian Academy of Cancer Rehabilitation and Psychooncology (ÖARP). From 1996 until 2002 he worked as a senior scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center/University of Washington in Seattle, USA, developing the WT1 cancer vaccine and decoding the genome of B-cell malignancies. Currently his main areas of clinical research are complex adaptive systems in a biopsychosocial model of cancer. He is a member of the Austrian Society for Haematology and Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American Association for Cancer Research and the Austrian Society for Psychotherapy in Internal Medicine. He has been awarded the ‘William Türk Prize of the Austrian Society of Haematology and Oncology’, the ‘Scientific Award for Paediatric Haematology and Oncology of the Austrian Committee of the Children Cancer Foundation’, the Schroedinger Fellowship (FWF) and the SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health (USA).

Susanne Rasoul-Rockenschaub
AKIM** project, CeMSIIS/MIAS***, Medical University of Vienna
Susanne Rasoul-Rockenschaub is a doctor of internal medicine at the Department of Clinical Transplantation and the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems (CeMSIIS) at the Medical University of Vienna. Since 1984 she has been working in the field of organ transplantation as a cytologist, clinician and data manager in transplant research. Through her political commitment to intercultural dialogue she has had publishing activities in the context of “Minbar Al Hiwar“ (1986-1994), a review for cultural dialogue situated in Beirut. Her experience as a data manager reinforced her orientation towards IT and facilitated her work with Medical Information and Retrieval Systems. For more than a decade she has been involved with the project AKIM (General Hospital Information Management) in Vienna. Since 2010 she is participating actively in the conception and realisation of the scientific research database within AKIM.

*Due to unforeseen circumstances Giulio Superti-Furga had to cancel and Christoph Bock will instead speak from Genom Austria. We apologise for any inconvenience.
**Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
***General Hospital Information Management
****Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics & Intelligent Systems/Medical Information & Retrieval Systems

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THE FILE: On the temporal dimensions of electronic patient records
March 04, 2015, 14:00h
ArtScience, Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 3, 1030