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Society and the InternetHow Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives$
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Mark Graham and William H. Dutton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843498.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Digital Health

The Political Economy of Digital Health

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(p.281) 16 The Political Economy of Digital Health
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Society and the Internet
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Gina Neff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843498.003.0017

The Internet and digital media are increasingly seen as having enormous potential for solving problems facing healthcare systems. This chapter traces emerging “digital health” uses and applications, focusing on the political economy of data. For many people, the ability to access their own data through social media and connect with people with similar conditions holds enormous potential to empower them and improve healthcare decisions. For researchers, digital health tools present new forms of always-on data that may lead to major discoveries. Technology and telecommunications companies hope their customers? data can answer key health questions or encourage healthier behavior. At the same time, Gina Neff argues that digital health raises policy and social equity concerns regarding sensitive personal data, and runs a risk of being seen as a sort of silver bullet instead of mere technological solutionism.

Keywords:   political, economy, digital, health, data

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