Ethics and the Digital Health Business - More than just a nice to have.

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Online seminar with Dr Claudia Pagliari, Director of Global eHealth at the University of Edinburgh and Dr John Reits, Head of Digital Health Acceleration at the contract research organisation (CRO) Quintiles.
The speakers explored the ethical challenges presented by emerging innovations in digital health and possible solutions for ensuring that these technologies and uses of data are responsible, safe and trustworthy. The key message to participants (mostly SMEs) was that ethical innovation is not just 'nice to have' but also imperative for their bottom line, since a breakdown of consumer trust, patient safety incident or data breach can be financially and reputationally catastrophic. Rather than seeing compliance as a hindrance, developers should recognise that 'being ethical' may also offer a competitive advantage.
Dr Pagliari teaches "The Ethics and Governance of eHealth" at the University of Edinburgh (5 weeks online for busy professionals
These issues are also discussed in her Royal Society of Medicine video on risks and evidence in health apps, which is available for CPD via:
Period27 Jul 2016
Event titleD Health - After Dark Expert Speaker Series
Event typeSymposium
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Ethics
  • Digital Health
  • Industry
  • SME
  • Innovation
  • Engagement