ICT: Health’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy?

Egon L. van den Broek


I propose a paradigm shift for health care, as there is an urgent need for i) continuous (semi-)automatic medical checkups, ii) cost reduction, and iii) cure for the 21st century black plague (i.e., stress-related diseases) are very much needed. To realize this ICT’s Paradox has to be solved. On the one hand, ICT can cause i) musculoskeletal problems, ii) vision problems, iii) headache, iv) obesity, v) stress disorders (e.g., burn out), vi) metabolic issues, vii) addiction (e.g., to games, social media, and Internet), viii) sleeping problems, ix) social isolation, and x) an unrealistic world view. On the other hand, ICT claims to provide these problems’ solutions. Consequently, health informatics needs to adopt a holistic approach, improve its fragile theoretical frameworks, and handle the incredible variance we all show. As a remedy, I propose to take up the challenge to next-generation models of personality, as they are a crucial determinant in people’s stress coping style.


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van den Broek E. (2017). ICT: Health’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy? . In Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: ACP, (BIOSTEC 2017) ISBN 978-989-758-213-4, pages 611-616. DOI: 10.5220/0006345506110616

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author={Egon L. van den Broek},
title={ICT: Health’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy?},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: ACP, (BIOSTEC 2017)},

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JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: ACP, (BIOSTEC 2017)
TI - ICT: Health’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy?
SN - 978-989-758-213-4
AU - van den Broek E.
PY - 2017
SP - 611
EP - 616
DO - 10.5220/0006345506110616