Project Description

Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities

Communicative Biocapitalism examines how digital health media such as the Precision Medicine Initiative, the iPhone’s HealthKit, and the FitBit create new markets out of “the patient voice,” and it questions whether the field of medical humanities, which historically formed to counter the over-technologization of medicine, is equipped to address these digital health developments. With chapters on algorithms, patient data exploitation in EMRs and PatientsLikeMe, and illness narratives in the attention economy of online journalism, the book centrally demonstrates that the commodification of the patient voice bears specific consequences for women, people of color, and underprivileged populations, and that medical humanities should revise its methods for the digital health era.

Faculty Credits – Olivia Banner


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