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Making and unmaking telepatients: identity and governance in new health technologies

Mort, Maggie, Finch, Tracey and May, Carl (2009) Making and unmaking telepatients: identity and governance in new health technologies Science, Technology, & Human Values, 34, (1), pp. 9-33. (doi:10.1177/0162243907311274).

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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.

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Published date: January 2009
Keywords: identity, interference, innovation, governance, patients
Organisations: Health Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 167281
ISSN: 0162-2439
PURE UUID: 6f109a5c-2e95-49a6-aeac-d8ada73828f0
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 11 Nov 2010 11:58
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:24

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Author: Maggie Mort
Author: Tracey Finch
Author: Carl May ORCID iD

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