Emerging opportunities provided by technology to advance research in child health globally

SOURCE: Global Pediatric Health
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Van Heerden, J.Leppanen, M.J.Rotheram-Borus, C.M.Worthman, B.A.Kohrt, S.Skeen, S.Giese, R.Hughes, L.Bohmer, M.Tomlinson
KEYWORDS: CHILD DEVELOPMENT, CHILD HEALTH, CHILD WELL-BEING
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11402
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15331

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Abstract

Current approaches to longitudinal assessment of childrens developmental and psychological well-being, as mandated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, are expensive and time consuming. Substantive understanding of global progress toward these goals will require a suite of new robust, cost-effective research tools designed to assess key developmental processes in diverse settings. While first steps have been taken toward this end through efforts such as the National Institutes of Healths Toolbox, experience-near approaches including naturalistic observation have remained too costly and time consuming to scale to the population level. This perspective presents 4 emerging technologies with high potential for advancing the field of child health and development research, namely (1) affective computing, (2) ubiquitous computing, (3) eye tracking, and (4) machine learning. By drawing attention of scientists, policy makers, investors/funders, and the media to the applications and potential risks of these emerging opportunities, we hope to inspire a fresh wave of innovation and new solutions to the global challenges faced by children and their families.