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Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare


Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nelly Oudshoorn
      Pages 3-16
  3. Reordering Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Nelly Oudshoorn
      Pages 35-67
    3. Nelly Oudshoorn
      Pages 68-88
  4. Creating New Forms of Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Nelly Oudshoorn
      Pages 91-123
  5. Redefining Patients and Home

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 212-241

About this book


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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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteThe Netherlands

About the authors

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).

Bibliographic information


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