What is it about?

This article addresses the topic of shared responsibilities in supply chains, with a specific focus on the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) in e-health environments, and Industry 4.0 issues—concerning data security, privacy, reliability and management, data mining and knowledge exchange as well as health prevention.

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Why is it important?

Current risk assessment approaches are inadequate for IoT, because of the periodic assumptions that systems will stay the same, and in IoT systems with changing boundaries, high risks can be missed or mistaken. The risk from IoT technology is also changing how supply chain operations are structured. Hence, risk assessment needs to be revised periodically, triggering a challenge to interpret and define the risks in a harmonised way across the supply chain with different and stakeholders (each with its own methodology).


This article focused on developing a framework to provide guidance for governments, medical organisations and healthcare practitioners on how the introduction of IoT brings risks to the security of vaccine supply chains.

Dr Petar Radanliev
University of Oxford

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This page is a summary of: The ethics of shared Covid-19 risks: an epistemological framework for ethical health technology assessment of risk in vaccine supply chain infrastructures, Health and Technology, June 2021, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s12553-021-00565-3.
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