Wearable technologies and wellness apps are playing an increasing part in a variety of contexts including clinical care, research, and in public health monitoring. While employing such technologies in these contexts has the possibility of contributing to the public good, it also provokes major ethical concerns. This session will explore the possible uses of wearable technologies and wellness apps in research and public health monitoring. It will examine the potential risks to individuals and marginalized groups, how these risks could be minimized, and whether they are worth the promised good to the public.
Describe the various ways wearable technologies and wellness apps are being used or considered for use to support public health initiatives and in clinical care and research
Discuss how the human subjects research community can assess validity of claims of public good
Review the ethical concerns and risks to individuals that these technologies may pose, as well as the ethical issues surrounding communication of privacy issues and incentivization for participation with potential subjects
Consider if there may be reasonable solutions for minimizing risks to individuals and marginalized groups while also promoting the public good