Media and digital technologies are constantly influencing and changing health
practices by introducing new digital solutions, such as digital communication
encounters, website portals, and applications. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused further rapid changes to the healthcare system, wherein digital health solutions have become more relevant than ever. This panel will focus on health practices in the digital media landscape, including research on health systems, health professionals, and patients. Questions that will be addressed include: How do patients and health professionals use and perceive digital health solutions, such as messaging systems and applications? How do we conduct innovative and socially relevant research within the fields of human health and digital health?
In the first presentation, professor Anthony Smith will take us on a journey to explore the way digital health (telehealth) is being used in Australia for a broad range of clinical services in different settings. In the second presentation, professor Srikant Sarangi will critically reflect on the interface between expertise and expert systems with regard to patients’ e-health literacy. In the third presentation, professor Helena Sandberg will explain the need for more collaboration between health sciences and media and communication scholars. Her colleague, Yukun You, will present a case study on sleep based on analysis of how young people in China engage with sleep-regulating applications. Finally, research director Anette Grønning and colleagues will present highlights from the Danish project ‘Digital Consultations’, which focuses on the use and perceptions of email consultations in general practice. To close, we will encourage all participants to engage in a discussion about future research perspectives on digital health practices.