AI and Society:1-11 (2018)

Nils-Frederic Wagner
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Hanno Sauer
Utrecht University
When it comes to improving the health of the general population, mHealth technologies with self-monitoring and intervention components hold a lot of promise. We argue, however, that due to various factors such as access, targeting, personal resources or incentives, self-monitoring applications run the risk of increasing health inequalities, thereby creating a problem of social justice. We review empirical evidence for “intervention-generated” inequalities, present arguments that self-monitoring applications are still morally acceptable, and develop approaches to avoid the promotion of health inequalities through self-monitoring applications.
Keywords social inequality  social justice  mHealth  health monitoring
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DOI 10.1007/s00146-018-0835-7
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