Blood informatics: negotiating the regulation and usership of personal devices for medical care and recreational self-monitoring

Faulkner, Alex (2017) Blood informatics: negotiating the regulation and usership of personal devices for medical care and recreational self-monitoring. In: Quantified Lives and Vital Data: Exploring health and technology through personal medical devices. Health, Technology and Society . Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 203-228. ISBN 9781349952359

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Abstract

This chapter approaches personal medical devices firstly by outlining the uncertain environment of existing and emerging regulatory regimes; and secondly, by examining actual and discursive local processes of adoption of exemplar devices both within and outside organised healthcare delivery systems, given the regulatory context of the UK and European Union. Two case studies are presented of portable devices that measure and/or monitor blood flow or blood pressure, one within medical jurisdiction, the other more or less ‘recreational’. European Union regulatory frameworks are shown to be struggling with the challenge of ‘mHealth’ innovations, and the concept of ‘technology identity’ is used to highlight key features of the devices in their uncertain regulatory context that shape the way in which the range of stakeholders and potential users understand, evaluate, and might actually use these devices.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: mhealth, blood pressure, anticoagulation, apps, digital health, regulation, European Union, medical device, self-monitoring, technology identity
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
Depositing User: Alex Faulkner
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 11:38
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 11:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73776

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