Digital technologies have become ubiquitous throughout much of the world. The digital media landscape, especially social media, shapes people’s awareness of health issues and perceptions about health-related behavioral norms. Additionally, digital health education programs and campaigns can help people reach goals, obtain social support, and change their behavior.
Yet, despite the widespread use of digital media and social media by the public, the full potential of utilizing digital technologies to support health promotion is yet to be reached. Currently, there is limited integration among the public health, technology, and government sectors. Public health researchers are investigating the impacts and potential of technology, industry is adopting policies and programs aimed at addressing health issues, and governments continue to provide medicine, public health, and social services. All too often, however, these sectors operate in silos and have yet to explore a common agenda regarding the use and evaluation of such technology to advance the goals of health promotion.
BMC Digital Health is calling for papers for a collection that will focus on the application and impact of social media and digital health on public health education and behavior. Contributions can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The role of social media in disease monitoring and outbreak detection
- Effectiveness of social media campaigns on disseminating public health information and promoting health behaviors
- Social media analytics, including developing data analysis methods to look at social media trends to understand health attitudes and behaviors as well as harnessing big data and machine learning techniques to facilitate public health research and decision-making
- Assessing the impact of mobile health apps, wearable devices, and telemedicine on public health outcomes
- Gamification and behavior change theories in digital health interventions
- The role of online communities and peer support, including how they may impact mental health and wellbeing or facilitate health education and behavior change
- Emerging technologies and tools to enhance the role of social media and digital health in advancing public health information and behavior change
- Ethical and legal considerations, including issues around privacy, data security and equitable access
Please email Alison Cuff, the editor for BMC Digital Health, (email@example.com) if you would like more information before you submit.
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