Tracking apps, wearables, and telemedicine services hold the potential to transform healthcare for women. But just how much autonomy do these digital tools provide over one’s wellbeing? And as traditional healthcare models diversify, how can they best harness tech to serve female patients?
Dominnique Karetsos specialises in growth for sex-, fem-, and medtech start-ups. She co-founded the Healthy Pleasure Collective, the first integrated agency for sextech start-ups, and the Intimology Institute, a sexual wellness school.
Jo O'Reilly is a digital privacy advocate and deputy editor at ProPrivacy, which aims to help users around the world reclaim their right to privacy through research, reviews, knowledge-sharing, investigations, and direct action.
Katie D. McMillan is a digital health consultant and founder of Wellmade Health. She offers digital strategy, marketing, and social media support to early- and mid-stage health-tech and femtech companies.
Richard Marshall heads up business development for CareClever, which makes Cutii, a companion robot for seniors. He has been an investor in health-tech, digital, and engineering start-ups.
Dr. Deborah Lupton is a SHARP Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales.
Dr. Eduardo Hariton a clinical fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of California, San Francisco.
Francesca Baker is a journalist, content writer, and communications specialist. You can read more about her on her blog andsoshethinks.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @andsoshethinks.
Megan Carnegie is a journalist and editor. She has written for Courier, Time Out, Guardian Weekend, Creative Review, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, and more. Outside of work, she can be found reading, running, and killing off her houseplants.
Femtech is booming and now the successful breaking of stigma and taboo is translating to IRL. App turned gynecology clinic, Tia, is encouraging collaboration between consultant and patient, while tapping into women’s increased desires for control and understanding of their gynecological health.
All sorts of stigmas are being broken in today's beauty industry, but the needs of menopausal women are often ignored. Absent in ads and lacking products for their changing skin and hair, these women are now pushing brands to step up and address this ‘last taboo’ without any sugar-coating.
The Instagram account @SickSadGirlz was launched with one aim: to give a voice to sick or sad women around the world, often telling the stories of those with invisible illnesses. It's an example of how social media has transformed the way individuals can connect and seek support.
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