Critical perspectives on digital health technologies

Deborah Lupton

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    Discussions of digital health technologies in the popular media and the medical and public health academic literature frequently comment on how these technologies might offer new or improved ways of delivering health care, conducting health promotion activities and monitoring public health. Following the presentation of an overview of the range of digital health technologies that are currently in use, I review the work of researchers in the field of critical digital health studies who have addressed their broader social, cultural and political dimensions. The discussion focuses on four major topics: health and medical websites and platforms; telemedicine and telehealth; the politics of digital health; and digitised embodiment. I end with identifying some important directions for future research in critical digital health studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1344-1359
    Number of pages16
    JournalSociology Compass
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


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