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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.
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