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Digital humanity in health #01 POLICY

June 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Digital Humanity in Health SnippetThe Digital Humanity in Health and Care seminar series is brought to you by mHabitat in partnership with the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Curated by Dr Victoria Betton and Dr Helen Thornham, the three seminars bring people accessing health and care services, practitioners, policy makers and academics together to consider contemporary dilemmas around ethics, morals and humanity which may not always get the attention they deserve in the rush to adopt digitally enabled health and social care. Our seminar series is driven by three overarching questions:

  1. What does digital humanity look like? And what does it look like in relation to health and care and in relation to the axes below of policy, leadership and citizenship?
  2. Where is digital humanity in health and care? Is it, and could it be in systems? If it is in the human, then is this enough in a changing landscape?
  3. How can we be digitally humane? What everyday, digital, connective or community actions or reflections can we make or do?

Each seminar will begin with a provocation co-presented by a practitioner and an academic expert in the field. We will then use a case study to apply these insights into an everyday scenario. Each seminar will produce a summary paper which will be published on the mHabitat website.

Digital humanity in health #01 POLICY – Policy issues often belatedly ask questions about humanity, morality and ethics, which are either reactive or reflective, or these issues are translated into targets or gateways at key points within processes. This understands humanity, morality and ethics as functions or processes within a system. What if we turned this around and asked how we might design policy for digital humanity? Or ask what a digitally humane policy might look like? What would we need to prioritise? How would we build for it? What existing priorities and presumptions would we need to discard or begin with? What good work can we find in existing national health and social care digital policy that sufficiently accounts for complex ethical issues for digital tools and services? What assumptions are underpinning digital policy and what future does it hold for our public services?

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