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Digital Healthcare: Social Logics, Ethics and Politics of Data and Technology Provision


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Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning, University of Nottingham, UK: Symposium, June 2017

Digital Healthcare: Social Logics, Ethics and Politics of Data and Technology Provision, 20–21 June 2017

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, among 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

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Free registration to attend the symposium is available through Eventbrite.

Abstract Submission

Please submit a 300 word abstract by 01 March 2017.

Travel Bursaries

We are making available bursaries to support five 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 one night (20 June 20 2017) free of charge at the De Vere Venues Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham NG8 1DH. To qualify for the bursary you must register to attend the symposium and be meeting the travel and accommodation costs of attending the symposium yourself.

Please apply by 01 April 2017.

Business School (South A26) – Jubilee Campus

Paraskevas Vezyridis, Nottingham University Business School
Andrew Goffey, University of Nottingham
Lynne Pettinger, University of Warwick
Ewen Speed, University of Essex

For any enquiries please contact: L.Pettinger@warwick.ac.uk

The symposium is possible through the generous support of the SHI Foundation: Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness and the European Commission Horizon 2020.

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