The Ethics of mHealth as a global phenomenon


Organized by Tereza Hendl, Bianca Jansky, Niels Nijsingh and Verina Wild

Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are increasingly utilized worldwide. These involve a diverse range of apps, wearables, implants and other digital devices that purport to improve health. While these technologies have considerable potential to improve health, the developments in mobile health technology affect individuals and societies in ways that raise numerous ethical questions. One gap in the discussions involves the ethical implications that arise from a global, globalized and international perspective. At this workshop, we will therefore take a specific look at the ethical and social implications of mHealth technologies as a global phenomenon

Day 1: Wed Oct 27
10:00-10:20 Verina Wild: Welcome and introductions
10:20-11:00 Representative from the WHO: Global challenges in mHealth
11:00-11:10 break
11:10-11:50 Angella Musiimenta: The ethics of mHealth in LMIC settings
11:50-12:30 Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra & Carina Fourie: Technology and global
health partnerships: challenges of and for intersectionality
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:10 Tereza Hendl & Ayush Shukla: Can digital health technologies
democratize healthcare?
14:10-14:50 Jessica Haberer: When mHealth works and when it doesn’t:
lessons from HIV and TB globally
14:50-15:00 break
15:00-15:40 Sridhar Venkatapuram: Prioritarian ethics for mHealth and
health technological innovations in LMICs
15:40-16:00 Daily Wrap-up

Day 2: Thu Oct 28
10:00-10:40 Tsvetelina Hristova: Data infrastructures, digital labour
and the outsourcing of medical diagnostics
10:40-11:20 Tamar Sharon: Private infrastructure, public healthcare:
mHealth, datafication and the Googlization of health
11:20-11:30 break
11:30-12:10 Niels Nijsingh: Beyond bioethics: the challenges of global
digital health ethics
12:10-13:10 Lunch Break
13:10-13:50 Tiara Roxanne: The demands for global Indigenous Data
Sovereignty and the implications for digital health platforms
13:50-14:30 Bianca Jansky: Patient activism in mHealth: by whom and for
             Azakhiwe Nocanda-Höhling: The invisibility of racialized
people in health activism
14:30-14:40 break
14:40-15:20 Arthur Gwagwa & Emre Kazim: Repurposing the biometrics
assemblage to serve health needs: lessons from Africa
15:20-15:40 Verina Wild: closing summary

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