Transcription of Kadri Simm’s Testimonial:
One of the challenges that we´d like to tackle, or address at least, in this project pertains to the fact that a lot of medical innovation and a lot of eHealth, a lot of health technologies, are very much focused on the individual level. It’s about monitoring individuals, it’s about looking at your own behavioral data. So what is missing often is the public health perspective, because health depends on so many factors and the healthcare system is only one of those, and actually quite a small one. So how can the entire ecosystem of health determinants benefit from these technologies? The environment, the ways cities work, the ways that communities work, whether innovations in health and medical innovations can also be put to work in those areas. Well, my background is in ethics, so whether the challenges on the social level are different from the individual level because we are used to solving all problems in healthcare with informed consent, individual informed consent. In public health ethics, the focus is on population or community and the perspective of the individual does not matter so much. So it is a question of balancing these interests and these rights of these different actors in ways that would benefit the public health also, not only some particular individuals.