Santa Clara Valley IEEE SSIT Chapter Meeting


IEEE Santa Clara Valley SSIT Chapter

Webinar Presentation on Ethics and COVID-19

Dr. Rajiv Bhatia


  Date and Time




  • San Jose, CA, California
  • United States

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  • Co-sponsored by CNSV, SCV EMBS
  • Starts 28 May 2020 07:17 AM
  • Ends 06 July 2020 05:00 PM
  • All times are America/Los_Angeles
  • No Admission Charge
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Rajiv Bhatia
Rajiv Bhatia


Ethics and COVID-19

Controlling the COVID-19 pandemic is an effort that encompasses many choices, a wide variety of tradeoffs, and a sea of uncertainty.  The goal is to save lives and prevent the spread of infection.  Amidst this, industries such as pharmaceuticals are doing well, but there is a long and growing list of collateral damage: business closing, increased unemployment and hunger, delayed health care, and education and career plans thrown into disarray.  Even considering all of this, the global impact is even more complicated.

This talk will explore the uncertainties about the virus, the impact of the responses so far, and trade-offs between protective actions and collateral damage.  It will also explore our own responsibilities not only for protecting our neighbors, but ensuring that decisions made by our leaders are ethical.  Prior to the talk, participants will be invited to complete a short survey about their own positions on the many uncertainties.


Rajiv Bhatia is a physician, public health scientist, and innovator.  He pioneered work on health impact assessment (HIA), community health indicators, and open civic data, and co-founded Human Impact Partners.  He currently practices medicine, and advises civil society organizations, healthcare systems, and governments. He wold love to find a way to disrupt the longstanding and costly practice of irrational medical prescriptions in India.  Learn more at


6:00 Introduction and Presentation by Rajiv Bhatia

7:00 Questions and Discussion

8:00 End Webinar