• Emma Josephine Grouleff Hertel
  • Billie Jarvad
4. semester, Teknoantropologi, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This thesis will explore how HelloMind influences treatment for the patient in a society where rising individualization and patient empowerment are increasing. Furthermore, the thesis will study the dilemmas of the governance of self-diagnosing through digital tools, and in relation to this, who has the responsibility of diagnosing and taking care of the individual. Our study is based on collected empirical data, including interviews with experts in health applications and therapeutic practices, as well as informants with mental health issues. In order to obtain a multidimensional understanding and perception of the technology and its use, these interviews have been held from various perspectives and possible stakeholders. The study is conducted using Michel Foucault and his understanding of Panopticon on a societal level, which will be used to understand and examine freedom and control. Following Nikolas Rose’s critical perspective on the biomedical society and governance of health. In addition, Postphenomenology contributes as theoretical points of view to the discussion, to explore the human interaction and relation with the technology.

Our analysis shows the impact HelloMind and technologies have on the individual's freedom, health management, and society's influence on health norms in 2022. Further, we explored the empowerment concept, which promotes users' control over their health, as well as how technologies affect and shape behavior and understanding of technology on an individual and societal scale. Following on from the analysis, the thesis culminates in a discussion of the dilemmas that may arise in how development of digital tools influence the patients’ role in the course of treatment, and which challenges of freedom and control that may occur. Subsequently we will present a conclusion on how the perception of patient empowerment changed the shift in responsibility, and which dilemmas of freedom and responsibility in the digital era, that occurs in a panoptic society.
Udgivelsesdato3 jun. 2022
Antal sider54
Ekstern samarbejdspartnerHelloMind
no name vbn@aub.aau.dk
ID: 471923739