Thompson, M (2021) The environmentally impacts of digital health. Digital Health, 7. 20552076211033421 - ?. ISSN 2055-2076

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Digital health interventions are widely celebrated due to their low-cost nature and ability to provide tailored person-centred care in communities worldwide. As coronavirus disease-19 has rapidly accelerated their growth and reach, interest in global ethical questions surrounding digital health is growing. However, the global environmental implications of digital health have been overlooked. This commentary draws attention to the environmental impacts of digital health devices and communication networks, as well as the data produced by digital health activities. Unless serious attention is paid to greening digital health practices, the rise of digital health will significantly contribute to environmental change, and thus create outcomes of ill-health.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital health, environment, global health, climate change
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 07:48
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 14:37

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