Health Inequalities and Technology – HEALTech

Health Inequalities and Technology – HEALTech

Old person pressing an emergency alarm. Photo.

The Heal-Tech project studies technological advances within the areas of injury prevention (i.e. road and car safety), health care (i.e. new screening techniques and electronic patient journals) and lifestyle (i.e. e-cigarettes and pedometers) that have helped avert a substantial number of deaths.

The main question of interest in the Heal-Tech project is whether technological innovations have also contributed to a narrowing of the health gap between the rich and the poor. The project, which is a collaboration between the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU, uses data from The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT). Results from the project have so far been reported in the review article Innovative technologies and social inequalities in health: A scoping review of the literature, which won the best paper prize at the 2017 Comparing Health Across Societies (CHASE) conference in Belgium, as well as two articles in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health