Research Handbook on Digital Transformations
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Research Handbook on Digital Transformations

Edited by F. Xavier Olleros and Majlinda Zhegu

The digital transition of our economies is now entering a phase of broad and deep societal impact. While there is one overall transition, there are many different sectoral transformations, from health and legal services to tax reports and taxi rides, as well as a rising number of transversal trends and policy issues, from widespread precarious employment and privacy concerns to market monopoly and cybercrime. They all are fertile ground for researchers, as established laws and regulations, organizational structures, business models, value networks and workflow routines are contested and displaced by newer alternatives. This Research Handbook offers a rich and interdisciplinary synthesis of some of the current thinking on the digital transformations underway.
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Chapter 4: Digital health technologies and digital data: new ways of monitoring, measuring and commodifying human bodies

Deborah Lupton


Frequent statements are now made in the medical and public health literature about an imminent revolution in health care, preventive medicine and public health driven by the use of digital devices and associated apps, websites and platforms. However, it is important to adopt a more critical approach when assessing the impact and implications of digital health technologies and the data that they produce. Digital health technologies potentially generate different ways of thinking about, practising and experiencing medicine, healthcare and public health. From a perspective that is informed by critical social and cultural theory, these changes have the potential to challenge entrenched conceptualizations and experiences of illness, health, disease and medical care and practice. Following an overview of the range of digital health technologies that are currently in use, this chapter focuses on the digital data that are generated from these technologies, discussing the implications for the digital knowledge economy, data security and privacy, social inequalities and civil rights.

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