The Datafication of Work: Data Ethics and the Health Sector

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Abstract / Description of output

In this Open Access video, Dr Claudia Pagliari explores some of the ways in which data about work and workers are being harvested and utilised by organisations, and the dilemmas these new forms of datafication present for employees' privacy, rights, choices and futures. Paying particular attention to the health sector, she examines the potential of human resource information systems to improve organisational efficiencies and prevent problems like fraud or cross-infection. Next, she describes how these systems are gradually being supplemented by personal data from emails, social media, apps, wearables and even implants, and used for so-called 'people analytics', involving new forms of digital profiling and prediction. Alongside this, she considers the growth of so-called digital wellness programmes, and the importance of ensuring that the use of these technologies is transparent and the benefits fairly shared between employers and workers themselves.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe University of Edinburgh
Media of outputOnline
Size74 Mb
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Data Ethics
  • Future of Work
  • Human Resources
  • People Analytics
  • Workplace wellness
  • Datafication
  • Digital Health
  • Digital Ethics


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