Health, Technology and Society

Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare

Authors: Oudshoorn, N.

  • Analyzes how healthcare practices have been transformed by telecare technologies currently introduced in the US, Canada and Europe
  • Argues for the importance of place and physical contact despite the move to virtual encounters between healthcare professionals and patients
  • Explores how telecare technologies transform the home and public places into spaces of care
  • Examines how telecare technologies redefine the responsibilities and identities of patients and healthcare professionals
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Winner of the British Sociological Association Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize, 2012.

This book traces the changes in healthcare implicated in telecare technologies: information and communication technologies that enable care at a distance. What happens when healthcare moves from physical to virtual encounters between healthcare professionals and patients? What are the consequences for patients when they are expected to do things that used to be done by healthcare professionals? What actually happens when homes become electronically wired to healthcare organizations? These are urgent questions that are, however, largely absent in dominant discourses on telecare.

Drawing on insights from science, technology, and human geography, this work opens up novel accounts of the adoption and use of new technologies in healthcare. Nelly Oudshoorn shows how telecare technologies participate in redefining the responsibilities and identities of patients and healthcare professionals, introducing a new category of healthcare workers, and changing the kinds of care and spaces where healthcare is situated. This book intervenes critically into discourses that celebrate the independence of place and time by showing how places and physical contacts still matter in care at a distance.

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Nelly Oudshoorn is Professor of Technology Dynamics and Healthcare at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research interests focus around issues of the development and use of new technologies in healthcare. She is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Prize awarded by the Society for Social Studies of Science (2005), the Diana Forsythe Award of the American Medical Informatics Association (2009) and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize (2012).

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Winner of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2012
Winner of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2012

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Who Cares?

    Oudshoorn, Nelly

    Pages 3-16

  • Theorizing Technology and the Transformation of Healthcare

    Oudshoorn, Nelly

    Pages 17-31

  • Promises, Scenarios, and Silences

    Oudshoorn, Nelly

    Pages 35-67

  • Resistance and Boundary Work

    Oudshoorn, Nelly

    Pages 68-88

  • Telecare Workers: The Invisible Profession

    Oudshoorn, Nelly

    Pages 91-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare
Authors
Series Title
Health, Technology and Society
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-34896-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230348967
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30020-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33590-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-57972-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 241
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