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Digital capitalism and the e-health revolution

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Cometta Mosè,
Project Costruzione identitaria e social media: gli effetti socio-politici delle nuove tecnologie
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Teknokultura. Revista de Cultura Digital y Movimientos Sociales
Volume (Issue) 18(2)
Page(s) 175 - 183
Title of proceedings Teknokultura. Revista de Cultura Digital y Movimientos Sociales
DOI 10.5209/tekn.74387

Open Access

URL https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/TEKN/article/view/74387
Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)

Abstract

This paper discusses the challenges posed by the advent of e-health. To contextualise the phenomenon, it defines the environment in which it arises: digital capitalism. The predatory dynamics of this social structure are likely to transform medical practice. Contemporary medicine seems to be poised between a renewed attention to the patient and their dignity – perspective of the medical humanities – and the reduction of the patient to a mere object of study and discipline – biomedicine. By favouring the quantification of the patient and a depersonalising approach, digital medicine risks breaking the bond between these two sides of medicine. At the same time, the development of medical technologies in a capitalist environment poses other risks that need to be weighed up: from the gratuitous appropriation of personal data to the creation of a discriminatory and classist healthcare system. Only by openly addressing these problems will it be possible to integrate these new technologies in a democratic way that promotes the common good.
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