Institut for Forretningsudvikling og Teknologi

The phenomenology of high-tech healthcare

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Improvements in healthcare are increasingly driven by technological development, however, the use of advanced technology in healthcare thus is controversial. Unfortunately, debates on the issue tend to be dichotomized and unnuanced – pro or con – and research is needed into the experiences of professionals, who provide professional care with advanced healthcare technology.
The purpose of this paper is to make a first contribution of this emerging research field. The aim is to develop a conceptual framework for analyses of experiences of automatized professional healthcare.
The analytical framework developed in this paper finds its inspiration in phenomenology Analyzing experiences as a matter of tensions between “ideal types”, we identify four structures of healthcare technology; affectionate technology, critical technology, practical technology and desirable technology. These categories are analytical and for heuristic purposes, i.e. they are designed to magnify experiences, their tensions and sensitivities.
StatusUdgivet - 1 jun. 2018


  • Technology, robotics, health care, phenomena

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