Empowerment or Engagement? Digital Health Technologies for Mental Healthcare

29 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2019

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Christopher Burr

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Jessica Morley

Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: May 24, 2019

Abstract

We argue that while digital health technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, smartphones, and virtual reality) present significant opportunities for improving the delivery of healthcare, key concepts that are used to evaluate and understand their impact can obscure significant ethical issues related to patient engagement and experience. Specifically, we focus on the concept of empowerment and ask whether it is adequate for addressing some significant ethical concerns that relate to digital health technologies for mental healthcare. We frame these concerns using five key ethical principles for AI ethics (i.e. autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and explicability), which have their roots in the bioethical literature, in order to critically evaluate the role that digital health technologies will have in the future of digital healthcare.

Keywords: digital health technology, empowerment, patient engagement, mental health, artificial intelligence, bioethics

Suggested Citation

Burr, Christopher and Morley, Jessica, Empowerment or Engagement? Digital Health Technologies for Mental Healthcare (May 24, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3393534 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3393534

Christopher Burr (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Jessica Morley

Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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