University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 085/2021, 2 July 2021
Panel discussion on digitalisation and health - ethical aspects of mobile health technologies
On 13 July 2021, a public digital panel discussion is to take place on the topic of "Digitalisation and Health - Ethical Aspects of Mobile Health Technologies". This event is led by the Institute of Medical Management and Health Sciences at the University of Bayreuth (UBT) in cooperation with the Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) in connection with their joint interdisciplinary research project "Medizin 4.0".
Digital technologies such as apps, wearables and telemonitoring are already widespread and have penetrated many areas of health care and the everyday lives of users. At the same time, the diverse, mostly mobile application possibilities of these technologies raise specific ethical questions that require a fundamental orientation in dealing with innovations in information technology in general.
What is concerning people are questions like: What does it mean for my data to be stored abroad? What influence do health-related apps have on the solidarity-based health insurance system in Germany? And what do patients and doctors think about apps by prescription?
These topics are to be discussed with key players in the health system and interested citizens. At the event, they will have the opportunity to discuss the topic in small groups consisting of citizens, representatives of health insurance companies, and doctors. The aim is to establish a dialogue between the participants, and to grasp the significance of this development from different perspectives.
Citizens are cordially invited to join the discussion. Participation in the panel discussion on 13 July 2021 (7 – 9 p.m.) is free of charge and limited to a total of 30 people. Please register by 10.07.2021 at the following link: https://ubayreuthmarketing.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Huv4RZ30QLtb7w
The project "Medizin 4.0" analyses digital technologies using empirically supported ethical-normative research design. It focuses on two specific areas: medical apps and telemedicine, with particular attention to telemonitoring. In essence, the ethically relevant effects of these technologies, including on doctor-patient relationships, the relationship between personal responsibility and solidarity, and the autonomy of the individual, are identified and evaluated. In particular, this involves the investigation and analysis of ethical areas of tension. The aim is to provide ethically justified recommendations and practical options for action for doctors, patients, and other stakeholders in the health system.
For press enquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. mult. Eckhard Nagel, Director of the Institute for Medical Management and Health Sciences at the University of Bayreuth.