Digital Healthcare: social logics, ethics and politics of data and technology provision
20 – 21 June 2017
12:45 – 16:00
University of Nottingham, UK
The growing importance and sophistication of digital technologies, such as electronic patient records, smart wearable devices and applications, promises – or threatens – a significant shift in healthcare practices. New kinds of global markets for healthcare are emerging, and responsibility for health and well-being seems to be devolving onto the data-equipped individual. Coupled to political claims of ‘digital revolutions’ in healthcare policy, the digital transformation of healthcare also marks a shift in the terms on which political economic and ethical decisions about health are made in the context of the sustainability of national health systems, whether by a patient, a clinician or a commissioner. Digital technologies promise smart, convenient and personalisable servicing of individual healthcare needs, but at the same time they threaten significant changes around the ethics of privacy, around evidence-based ‘data driven’ policy formation and around organisational reform affecting patients and medical professionals, amongst other things.
- How are healthcare policies and the organisation of healthcare systems affected by digital health data?
- What are the risks and benefits for clinicians and patients of the ‘good, clean data’ that digital technology promises?
- How ‘good’ is this kind of data, and how effectively is it translated between settings, including into policy arenas?
- How is healthcare policy affected by the promises of digital data?
This symposium aims to question some of hubris around the transformation of healthcare. It aims to contextualise the apps and algorithms that have proved to be of growing interest recently and to situate digital health data in a broader, historical and institutional questioning of the economic, political and technological drivers of the emergence of digital health. The symposium will focus on two key themes: the ethics and politics of digital healthcare data and the social logics of digital technology provision. Papers addressing these two themes might consider a more specific focus on:
- Digital data in policy making
- Evidence based medicine and digital data
- Digital infrastructures in healthcare
- The effects of digital data on clinical work and patient treatment
- Markets in digital healthcare
- The role of data in organisational reform; the role of organisational reform in the production of data
- The ethics of digital health data
- Big digital health data and the sustainability of national health systems
Paul Taylor (Public Lecture)
Free registration to attend the symposium is available through Eventbrite.
Please submit a 300 word abstract here by March 1, 2017.
For successful applicants (UK) travel costs and, accommodation for 1 night (June 20, 2017) at the De Vere Venues Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham NG8 1DH, will be covered.
We are making available bursaries to support 5 postgraduate students to attend the symposium. Each bursary consists of £50 to contribute towards the travel costs to attend the symposium. We are also providing accommodation for 1 night (June 20, 2017) free of charge at the De Vere Venues Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham NG8 1DH.
Please apply here by April 1, 2017.
Paraskevas Vezyridis, Nottingham University Business School
Andrew Goffey, University of Nottingham
Lynne Pettinger, University of Warwick
Ewen Speed, University of Essex
For any enquiry feel free to contact: L[dot]Pettinger[at]warwick[dot]ac[dot]uk
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The symposium is funded by the SHI Foundation: Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness and the European Commission Horizon 2020.