Event: No Exchange, Same Pain, No Gain - Risk-Reward of Wearable Healthcare Disclosure for Receiving Pain Treatment

Date: Wednesday 19 October, 2016

Time: 11:30- 12:30

Location: Robin Murray Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Main Building, 16 De Crespigny Park, Camberwell, London SE5 8AF

Dr Cory Robinson, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Linköping University, will be giving a special BRC lunchtime seminar at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) on Wednesday 19th October.

Wearable technologies have created fascinating opportunities for patients to treat chronic pain in a discreet, mobile fashion. However, many of these health wearables, either by themselves or paired with accompanying smartphone applications, require patients to disclose sensitive information, including health information (heart rate, glucose levels) and personal information (GPS location, email, name, social media accounts, etc).

The delicate balance of protecting patients’ sensitive health data while still receiving effective healthcare can be defined as a risk/reward scenario. Previously, this risk/reward relationship of disclosure has been studied in interpersonal communication, digital communications, and health environments. Individuals using wearables for treatment of chronic pain may also sacrifice social health elements, including their privacy, in exchange for better physical and mental health. Utilizing communication privacy management, a popular disclosure theory, the presentation will explore the policy and ethical ramifications of patients disclosing sensitive health information in exchange for better health treatment and relief of chronic pain.

The seminar will identify scenarios where a user must disclose information, and what factors motivate or dissuade disclosure, and ultimately using a wearable. Practical implications of this seminar include an improved understanding of how and why consumers may disclose personal data to health wearables, and potential impacts for public policy and ethics regarding how wearables and their manufacturers entice disclosure of private health information.

A light sandwich lunch will be provided. The seminar is open to all, and free to attend - please register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/risk-reward-of-wearable-healthcare-disclosure-for-receiving-pain-treatment-tickets-28357077783

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 5 Oct 2016, 12:22 PM

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