All forms of service covered by the label ‘mHealth’ demand adherence to principles of good ethical practice, in the same way as any other provision of healthcare services do. The concept of mHealth ethics can cover a very wide range of issues addressing the many different forms of mHealth and the different actors and interactions it includes.
To help the project partners and users navigate the literature and provide them a first orientation on this topic, the European Innovation and Knowledge mHealth Hub developed a living annotated bibliography – that will be published soon on this website – which can be continuously updated throughout the lifetime of the project, as well as a ‘quick guide’ to mHealth ethics.
Based on this orientation each mHealth provider should read widely and develop their own bespoke ethical framework in which their service will operate. The mHealth Hub Ethics Quick Guide is not definitive, but only an opening. The following is a summary infographic based on the ‘quick guide’ to mHealth ethics.
mHealth ethics was the main theme of the second of the ‘Hub Talks 2021’ series. Experts from the European mHealth Hub participated in that session, as well as CEN/TC 251 and AAL programme staff, looking at very many different aspects of the ethical challenges that exist in bringing an mHealth product to market and providing an mHealth service. During this Talk, Hub partners Petra Wilson (Personal Connected Health Alliance) and Gaston Remmers (Mijn Data Onze Gezondheid) presented for the first time this mHealth Hub Quick Guide to Ethics for the mHealth service provision. You can watch that part of the session in the following video: