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In this talk, Heather will present her insights into two digital health worlds before reflecting on the potential for them to collide.
Firstly, she will talk about her recent research, which has explored digital health developments from within a health and social care services perspective, spanning a range of areas including heart health and cardiac rehab, multiple sclerosis management, fertility treatment and the use of electronic records in ambulances.
She will then present research she has conducted around individuals’ uses of personal digital health tracking applications and wearables outside of health and social care, including wrist ECGs, exercise apps and the mental health effects of using wearables during COVID-19, as well as her own experiences of being a ‘quantified self’ since she was a teenager.
Finally, she will talk to the challenges and opportunities around greater use of personal digital health tracking within the context of health and social care, including integration, interoperability, ethical concerns and sustainability.
About the speaker
Dr Heather May Morgan, Lecturer in Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Heather is a multidisciplinary social scientist whose formal training spans law, French language, forensic medicine, philosophy, gender studies, social research, sociology, criminology and health services research.
Heather specialises in research into the use of (digital) technologies to generate, document, analyse and respond to information about human biomarkers and behaviours, by individuals and organisations.
She researches how the addition or integration of such technologies into everyday living is viewed and experienced, the ways in which they impact on social life at a number of levels (e.g. personal, public, political, economic) and their implications, including unintended consequences. She primarily uses qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis, often involving ethnographic, narrative and case study methods, in a range of settings, including policing, criminal justice and health and social care.
To date, Heather has individually or jointly secured research funding totalling more than £1.6m.
She is lead author or co-author of over thirty peer-reviewed papers and two edited collections. She reviews for a number of high impact journals/publishers and has assessed grant applications for several national governments as well as major UK funders.
She is co-creator of Aberdeen’s original, free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality game for iOS devices: [m]apping. She is also an early adopter of personal health tech, a quantified self and author of the blog confessionsofafitnesstracker
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