This track focuses on the relation between (disruptive) technology, health, and health-care. We welcome contributions that evaluate radical and disruptive technological innovations in the field of health care, e.g. regarding how novel possibilities of prediction, diagnosis, and treatment (re)shape how health is understood (e.g. in terms of therapy vs enhancement). We further welcome work on how deployment of digital health, increased reliance on big data and AI transform and co-shape health-care relations (e.g. physician-patient relationships) and practices. 

Questions include (but need not be limited to): 

  • What innovative anticipatory methods and approaches to medical ethics are needed in order to prepare for and respond to disruptions in the domain of health? 
  • What disruptive effects can we anticipate from digital technologies such as AI, ambient home care technologies, and robotics, and how can historical studies, theoretical models, or anticipatory methods aid in evaluating such anticipation? 
  • How might technologies such as human enhancement disrupt our concepts of health and health care? 
  • What are public health challenges arising from disruptive health technologies, and which methods and approaches are need in order to navigate these challenges? 

Track 4: Disruptive Technology & Health

Track 4: Disruptive Technology & Health

This track focuses on the relation between (disruptive) technology, health, and health-care. We welcome contributions that evaluate radical and disruptive technological innovations in the field of health care, e.g. regarding how novel possibilities of prediction, diagnosis, and treatment (re)shape how health is understood (e.g. in terms of therapy vs enhancement). We further welcome work on how deployment of digital health, increased reliance on big data and AI transform and co-shape health-care relations (e.g. physician-patient relationships) and practices. 

Questions include (but need not be limited to): 

  • What innovative anticipatory methods and approaches to medical ethics are needed in order to prepare for and respond to disruptions in the domain of health? 
  • What disruptive effects can we anticipate from digital technologies such as AI, ambient home care technologies, and robotics, and how can historical studies, theoretical models, or anticipatory methods aid in evaluating such anticipation? 
  • How might technologies such as human enhancement disrupt our concepts of health and health care? 
  • What are public health challenges arising from disruptive health technologies, and which methods and approaches are need in order to navigate these challenges?