Digital health: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
Editorial by Riccardo Lampariello, Terre des hommes Foundation and Alain B. Labrique, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Health Policy and Technology "After years of enthusiasm around digital health and its limitless promises, last year a wave of scepticism rose from a strong voice – that of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. In October 2019, his office submitted a report highlighting the risk of a gloomy digital future (or “digital dystopia”) where rampant digital development could rapidly turn to automate predicting, identifying, surveillance, detecting, targeting and punishing. The report rapidly became a reference for many and the debate around digital health became progressively polarized. (...) This article aims to promote a productive exchange by fine-tuning the discussion without hindering the opportunity for a sea-change in global health." (Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash)