TASA Health Day
Data, Technology and Sociology in the Age of Digital Health
Friday 29th November 2019, Western Sydney University (Paramatta)
The evolving landscape of digital health is of critical sociological importance. Technological advancement and datafication are rooted in the practices and organisation of health and care in contemporary society. Medical and health promotion rhetoric pushes the promise and benefits of these developments to health consumers and systems – including increased healthcare efficiencies, precision and ‘user engagement’. Sociologists however have drawn attention to significant issues of data misuse, privacy, surveillance, discrimination and responsibilisation.
We invite researchers and practitioners from sociology and affiliated disciplines to a critical discussion on emerging innovations, challenges and new directions for research, centring how sociological approaches to digital health can be mobilised for real-world impact.