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SP0159 Ethical Implications of Employing e-Health Solutions To Promote Healthy Lifestyles
  1. M. Niezen
  1. Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands


Increasingly e-health solutions and specifically eHealth applications (health apps) combine interactive persuasive technologies [1,2] with behaviour change systems [3]. Within the field of mobile health (mHealth) these technologies can be used for influencing human behaviour and empowering users to gain or maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, such health apps are relatively new emerging technologies and also come with expectations and worries with respect to their unknown and unintended effects and related ethical issues that might arise from their design or distribution. In this presentation I will discuss how health apps can raise issues on matters such as privacy, autonomy, liability and division of responsibilities among stakeholders. In addition, I will discuss potential ways of developing e-Health applications in a more responsible manner, taking into account ethical, legal and social preconditions for e-Health's acceptance.

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  3. H. Oinas-Kukkonen and M. Harjumaa, Persuasive systems design: Key issues, process model, and system features, Commun. Assoc. Inf. Syst., vol. 24, no. 1, p. 28, 2009.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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