Digital Twins in Healthcare for Citizens

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Abstract

Digital twins are gaining attention in healthcare, especially in fields like hospital management, simulating surgeries, or providing personalized health. As digital replicas based on users’ data, digital twins can inform citizens in-depth about their lifestyle, medical data, and biomedical data. Hence, there is the assumption that digital twins could facilitate preventative healthcare at home, bringing healthcare closer to citizens, yet there are underexamined ethical concerns. In this paper, we explore the ethics of digital twins based on citizens’ perspectives on digital twins in healthcare via recent literature and research. Although digital twins have great potential, citizens have concerns about surveillance, data ownership, data accuracy, and personal and collective agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPracticing Sovereignty. Interventions for Open Digital Futures
EditorsBianca Herlo, Daniel Irrgang
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherWeizenbaum Institute
Pages122-130
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)ISSN 2510-7666
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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