As the number of ehealth applications rises, there appears to be a growing divide between who developers think are using their products ('healthy, fit, not-sick!'), and actual patients. Although their designs help to manage patients' increasingly complex health needs, new applications are used by the 'worried well' - people who can easily learn the technology, who are free from pain and who can consistently track symptoms - versus actual sick people.
This is referred to as 'healthy privilege.' Illness is often invisible and affects people in unexpected ways, so it's often difficult to really 'get' what being sick is all about. This article offers insight into the value that the experiences of patients and caregivers can provide to the future of ehealth solutions.