Healthcare in the Society of the Internet: A Multi-Site Case Study of the Introduction of M-Health Technologies for HIV Care
Contributing to this field of research, this study investigates the development and implementation of a mobile health (mHealth) platform to enable self-management of HIV in patients in five clinical sites across the European Union. The platform will provide users with web based and mobile device applications which interface securely with relevant medical data and facilitate remote access to key healthcare providers. In the first study phase, presented here, twenty group discussions and twenty individual interviews with patients and clinicians are carried out 1) to explore their experiences, competences and perspectives regarding mHealth technologies, 2) to assess the potential of the mHealth platform for HIV self-management and treatment, and 3) to investigate the concerns and challenges that will affect the implementation and adoption of the mHealth platform across the five clinical sites.
By an in-depth analysis of the empirical data gathered and informed by theories of society (Niklas Luhmann and Dirk Baecker), this presentation attempts to trace transformations of healthcare, triggered by the introduction of Internet technologies, in relation to social roles (e.g. expectations of, or, towards clinicians and patients), interactions (e.g. ir/relevance of face-to-face consultations), organizations (e.g. re-spatialsation and re-temporalisation of care), and the boundaries between societal subsystems (e.g. ambiguous jurisdictions between the highly regulated medical domain and the less regulated technology sector and market economy).