Enabling digital health companionship is better than empowerment

The Lancet 1 (4):e155-e156 (2019)
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Digital Health Tools (DHTs), also known as patient self-surveilling strategies, have increasingly been promoted by health-care policy makers as technologies that have the capacity to transform patients’ lives. At the heart of the debate is the notion of empowerment. In this paper, we argue that what is required is not so much empowerment but rather a shift to enabling DHTs as digital companions. This will enable policy makers and health-care system designers to provide a more balanced view—one that capitalises on the benefits of DHTs, while minimising the risks of potential harms.
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