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Innovative Technology

Personal intelligent technologies enable self-quantification and modification of individual health and behavior. Examples include wearable tracking devices, embeddable sensors, and diagnostic testing. When combined with principles of behavioral economics that incentivize and nudge individuals into making healthier decisions, personal intelligent technology can address leading chronic disease risk factors. Nonetheless this application of technology may risk invasion of personal privacy and breaches of data confidentiality. Ensuring its safe uptake at scale necessitates a framework that evaluates ethical, social, and legal implications, akin to the Human Genome Project’s Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program.

The Vitality Institute is engaged in evaluating leading practices and process to overcome ethical, legal, and social concerns associated with personalized health technology. It is also exploring methods to most effectively integrate health promotion and disease prevention with personal intelligent technologies.

The Evidence

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Mental Health Emerging Out of the Shadows

The 1930s marked substantial investment by the Rockefeller Foundation in the scientific development of mental health, including psychiatry, neurology, and care symptoms, in the US, the UK, and elsewhere. This funding provided a foundation for... More »

Derek Yach & Gillian Christie | Apr 26, 2016
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Harnessing the Power of Women to Beat Diabetes

April 7 marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Day. This year’s theme – Beat Diabetes – comes at a critical time when 415 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide. The campaign aims... More »

Gabriela Seplovich and Adriana Selwyn | Apr 7, 2016
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Making Strides: Fitness versus Food Tech

Do you want to track your physical activity? There are countless options for smartwatches and fitness trackers that automatically record your daily steps and workouts. Do you want to track your nutrition? Unfortunately, your options... More »

Sarah Kunkle and Gillian Christie | Mar 29, 2016

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Shaping the Future of Aging

As the world’s population grows older, governments, cities, businesses, and many others must react to and prepare for a number of significant changes. For example, there are an estimated 46.8 million people currently living with... More »

Dominic Lee | Mar 5, 2016

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Release of Guidelines for Personalized Health Technology: Final Report

Do you know whether your employer can access and analyze data from your wearable device? Will your insurer use your smartwatch data to price your premium? Will your data from your mobile health application be... More »

Gillian Christie | Mar 2, 2016
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Managing aging and cognitive decline: challenges and opportunities for financial services

It is becoming evident across borders and industries that world population changes are having a serious impact. With a predicted 2.1 billion people over 60 by 2050, significant advancements must be made in order to... More »

Dominic Lee and Derek Yach | Feb 29, 2016
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The Gender Divide in Tech: A Leaky Pipeline

Women make up 56% of the US labor force and 51% of the US population. Meanwhile, only 20% of executives in the technology industry are women. The fact that women are often left out of... More »

Gabriela Seplovich and Sarah Kunkle | Feb 23, 2016
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Today is Data Privacy Day!

On January 26, the health insurer Centene disclosed the misplacement of six hard drives containing personal information on 950,000 people. On January 27, Buzzfeed reported that fraudsters were trading data on Fitbit users for a... More »

Gillian Christie | Jan 28, 2016
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A Healthy Roundup: The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

It is undeniable that health is undergoing an unprecedented digital revolution. This transformation was prominently displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place from January 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. According to... More »

Gillian Christie | Jan 13, 2016
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Consultation for Collective Action on Personalized Health Technology: Eliminating Ethical, Legal, and Social Barriers for Individual and Societal Benefit

[Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives  Volume 20, Issue 8, 2015] By Gillian P. Christie, Kevin Patrick & Dennis Schmuland The ubiquity and use of smartphones, sensors, devices, and wearables that monitor, diagnose, and improve health behaviors... More »

Journal of Health Communication | July 15, 2015