Section 1: Innovation

Marianne Boenink, Harro van Lente, Ellen Moors, Nelly Oudshoorn, John Gardner, Ellen Balka, Eileen Green, Flis Henwood, Rebecca Lynch, Conor Farrington

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Innovation is one of the major processes shaping the health-technology-society relation: innovation of technologies, of healthcare systems, of the very meaning of health and its absence. This section draws on extracts from five of the Health, Technology and Society books, which, in their different ways, examine innovation and its meaning, especially how innovation processes are shaped by different contexts and practices. The five books are:

Boenink et al. (Emerging technologies for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Innovating with care. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) focus on innovation in early diagnostics for Alzheimer’s.

Oudshoorn (Telecare technologies and the transformation of healthcare. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) shows how innovation depends on the distributed labour and interpretation of imaging and data by diverse clinical and non-clinical actors.

Gardner (Learning from deep brain stimulation: The fallacy of techno-solutionism and the need for ‘regimes of care’. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy., 2018) examines innovation in deep brain stimulation.

Balka et al. (eds.) (2009) show how the everyday use of ICT systems in different healthcare settings mediate and often reproduce gender and racial relations and hierarchies.

Lynch and Farrington (eds.) (Quantified lives and vital data. Exploring health and technology through personal medical devices. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) analyse the rapid growth of ‘personalised medical devices’ in clinical and non-clinical contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth, Technology and Society
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Inquiries
EditorsAndrew Webster, Sally Wyatt
Place of PublicationGateway East Singapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages59
ISBN (Electronic)9789811543548
ISBN (Print)9789811543531
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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