NYU ITP Bodies and Buildings Class 4

To prepare for next week’s assignment, read:
Protecting Patient Privacy: Strategies For Regulating Electronic Health Records Exchange NYCLU, read Part 2 and Conclusion



Rekindling the Patient Privacy Debate.
When Patients Tell Their Stories, Their Health May Improve.
Wit. By Margaret Edson. Dramatists Play Service, Inc., Mar 1, 1999.

Prepare a written and spoken argument (2 pages, 5 minutes) clearly outlining your position on the topic of open data and patient empowerment. Do you feel that patients should own their own data? Do you feel that people should be uniquely identified in an electronic health system? What are the for and arguments against?

This is taken from the Op-Ed structure. (From the Op-Ed Project)


1. Introduce from the context of the current discussion (LEDE)
2. State your thesis argument – what do you believe
3. Provide three relevant examples proving your point (evidence point one, evidence point two, then conclusion)
4. “To be sure” Provide the counterpoint, then argue against the counterpoint.
5. Conclude with a recommended action.

NYU ITP: Bodies and Buildings, Class 3

Class assignment for 2/25/2013

Read:  The quantified self, Counting every moment. The Economist, March 3, 2012.
Additional videos from Todd Park

Social fMRI: Investigating and shaping social mechanisms in the real world. Nadav Aharonya, Wei Pana, Cory Ipa, Inas Khayala,b, Alex Pentlanda. Persuasive and Mobile Computing. Vol 7, 2011, 643-659.
Chapter 6: Patient Facing Software


Write a one page essay to be presented in class. Do you find the quantified self movement appealing? Give examples of how you would imagine using data to monitor your own health, or the health of someone you care for.

You will be asked to present your work, so practice rehearsing your in class presentation at least two times.

NYU ITP Bodies and Buildings Class 2

Systems Thinking and The Obesity Epidemic


Class assignment for 2/11/2013
Read: Networked Medicine: From Obesity to the “Diseasome”. Editorial by Albert-László Barabási, Ph.D. NEJM. July 26,2007.


Deeper Reading:

Original Study by Christakis and Fowler: The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years. NEJM. July 26, 2007.

Critique of this study: Lyons.

The Spread of Evidence-Poor Medicine via Flawed Social-Network Analysis. Statistics, Politics, and Policy: (2011) Vol. 2 : Iss. 1, Article 2. Last revised 5 May 2011

Watch: Catherine Kerr on Cortical Measures in Mindfulness Meditation at Quantified Self.

Personal account of Weight Watchers by Laura Beck at Jezebel.


When developing ideas and concepts for our student projects, and future projects, business ideas, and save-the-world ideas, we often start by designing for ourselves.

For this assignment, research a part of the world at a local level (city, state, province, county) that has a problem with obesity. The only requirement: pick somewhere that you have never been.

In a one page essay, describe the social, cultural, technological, economic, and other conditions of this region that may be contributing to a growth in the prevalence of obesity.  You may choose to write a non-fiction account or take this as a creative writing assignment – imagining a first person day-in-the-life account of what it feels like to live here.


You will be asked to present your work, so practice rehearsing your in class presentation at least two times.