Making and Unmaking Telepatients

Mort, Maggie, Finch, Tracy and May, Carl (2009) Making and Unmaking Telepatients. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 34 (1). pp. 9-33. ISSN 0162-2439

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243907311274

Abstract

The emergence of the field of health care at a distance, or “telehealth,” has been embedded within discourses of high ambition about health improvement, seamless services, empowerment, and independence for patients. In this article, the authors examine how telehealthcare technologies assume certain forms of patients—or “telepatients”—who can be mobilized and combined with images and artifacts that speak for them in the clinical encounter. Second, a tentative intervention is made in these emerging identities in the form of facilitating some alternative discourses about telehealthcare. The aim is to stimulate debate by presenting and contrasting these different approaches to technology development. Such differences take material and discursive shape in the making and unmaking of telepatients, showing important interferences in the shaping of identity and possibilities for governance and participation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity, interference, innovation, governance, patients
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 10:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32833

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