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Technology Design and Routes for Tool Appropriation in Medical Practices

Technology Design and Routes for Tool Appropriation in Medical Practices
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Author(s): Manuel Santos-Trigo (Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico), Ernesto Suaste (Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico) and Paola Figuerola (Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 11
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch329

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Abstract

This chapter aims to analyse the extent to which medical practitioners incorporate the use of digital technologies into their practices. In this process, it is recognised that significant developments of technologies not only transform ways in which people interact and access to information to make decisions related to individual and social functioning; but also influence and demand changes in professional practices. Nowadays, it is common that patients consult online information during their medical treatments. How do medical doctors develop an expertise in the use of digital technologies to fully incorporate them into their regular practices? We discuss the process in which medical practitioners get involved to transform an artifact (webpage, catheter, stent, etc.) into an instrument to treat a particular patient's health problem. To this end, we focus on the development of the practitioners' cognitive schemata to analyse and describe main phases associated with the practitioner appropriation of the tool.

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