Ethical challenges in digitalised healthcare systems and big data

07.10.2021| 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) ( Flyer )
Online-Workshop via Zoom in English, organized by Ruth Horn, Verina Wild and the META-research group. All interested are welcome! Please request link for the workshop from Verena Lippert, our administrative assistant:



Trust and empathy in a digitalised healthcare system
Dr Angeliki Kerasidou is a Nuffield Department of Population Health Senior Fellow at the Ethox Centre and Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford. She is also Fellow at Reuben College where she leads the Ethics and Values Theme

Artificial intelligence and digitalised diagnosis: what are the issues?
Nina Hallowell is Professor of social and ethical aspects of genomics at the University of Oxford.


Abstract: In my talk I will reflect on the issues arising from the use of AI in the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases. I will describe the use of facial recognition technology in the subspeciality of dysmorphology.  By focusing upon claims that AI technology may help to eradicate diagnostic uncertainty I will look at related ethical implications of the adoption of AI-generated diagnosis such as implications for notions of trustworthiness, algorithmic bias, transparency and the nature of objectivity in digitalised diagnosis.

Dr Philipp Kellmeyer is a neurologist at the University Medical Center Freiburg where he heads the Neuroethics & AI Ethics Lab at the Department of Neurosurgery.




The Ethics of mHealth as a global phenomenon

October 27-28, 2021 on Zoom, see registration link below


The Brocher workshop is organised by Tereza Hendl, Bianca Jansky, Niels Nijsingh and Verina Wild.


Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are increasingly being utilized worldwide. These involve a wide range of apps, wearables, implants and other digital devices that purport to improve health. While these technologies have considerable potential to improve health, the developments in mobile health technology affect individuals and societies in ways that raise various ethical concerns. At this workshop, we will be taking a closer look at the ethical and social implications of mHealth technologies as a global phenomenon, investigating the issues that arise from global, globalized and transnational perspectives.

The workshop will interrogate issues, such as the ethical implications of mHealth in LMICs, the challenges of and for intersectionality in the health technology context, concerns regarding the potential of mHealth for democratizing healthcare, the tensions involved in private data infrastructures for public healthcare and related power imbalances and ethical issues, structural inequalities in digital labour and its outsourcing, demands of Indigenous Data Sovereignty within digital health platforms and broader challenges of global digital health ethics.


Workshop programme (CET):


Day 1:
 Wed Oct 27

10:00-10:20 Verina Wild (University of Augsburg): Welcome and introductions

10:20-11:00 Shada Alsalamah (the WHO): Digital Health: The Global Agenda 2020-2025

11:00-11:10 break

11:10-11:50 Angella Musiimenta (Mbarara University of Science and Technology): The ethics of mHealth in low
resource settings

11:50-12:30 Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra (University of Edinburgh) & Carina Fourie (University of Washington): Technology and global health partnerships: challenges of and for intersectionality

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-14:10 Tereza Hendl (University of Augsburg & Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) & Ayush Shukla (Technical University of Munich & University of Augsburg): Can digital health technologies democratize healthcare?

14:10-14:50 Jessica Haberer (Harvard Medical School): When mHealth works and when it doesn't: lessons from HIV and TB globally

14:50-15:00 break

15:00-15:40 Sridhar Venkatapuram (King's College London): Prioritarian ethics for mHealth and health technological innovations in LMICs

15:40-16:00 Daily Wrap-up


Day 2:
 Thu Oct 28

10:00-10:40 Tsvetelina Hristova (Western Sydney University): Data infrastructures, digital labour and the outsourcing of medical diagnostics

10:40-11:20 Tamar Sharon (Radboud University): Private infrastructure, public healthcare: mHealth, datafication and the Googlization of health

11:20-11:30 break

11:30-12:10 Niels Nijsingh (University of Augsburg & Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): Beyond bioethics: the challenges of global digital health ethics

12:10-13:10 Lunch Break

13:10-13:50 Tiara Roxanne (independent scholar): The demands for global Indigenous Data Sovereignty and the implications for digital health platforms

13:50-14:30 Bianca Jansky (University of Augsburg & Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) & Tereza Hendl (University of Augsburg & Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): Patient activism in mHealth: by whom and for whom?

Azakhiwe Nocanda-Höhling (Humboldt University of Berlin): The (in)visibility of minorities: preferably unheard or deliberately silenced?

14:30-14:40 break

14:40-15:20 Arthur Gwagwa (Utrecht University) & Emre Kazim (University College London): Repurposing the biometrics assemblage to serve health needs: lessons from Africa

15:20-15:40 Verina Wild: closing summary


Registration and further details