Telemonitoring technologies and transitions in health care (provisional title)

Telecare at home: Anticipating conflicting norms in telemonitoring technologies for chronic patients

Research project financed by the NWO program Societal Responsible Innovation.

Coordinator prof. dr. Nelly Oudshoorn (UT-MB. Department Science, Technology and Policy Studies, UT).

The multidisciplinary research team consists of drs. Ivo Maathuis (PhD student at STePs); dr. Asle Kiran (postdoc researcher at the Department of Philosophy, UT) and four senior researchers for supervision, coordination and co-authoring of publications (Prof. dr. Nelly Oudshoorn (STePS); prof.dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek (Dept of Philosophy, UT); Prof. dr. ir. Hermie Hermens ( Biomedical Engineering, UT) and dr. Val Jones (Computer Science, UT) .

The project runs from October 2009-Oct 2013.

This research project aims to increase understanding of how engineers can anticipate conflicting norms concerning surveillance and autonomy implied in telemonitoring technologies. These devices can monitor or diagnose patients at home by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)and may improve the quality of health care. The adoption of these technologies implies a transition in health care because they challenge existing distributions of tasks and responsibilities, including norms of care. The research team will conduct a constructive, ethical technology assessment to investigate the design and use practices of telemonitoring devices for chronic patients. Based on these insights they will develop tools that can support engineers to find a balance between surveillance by technological devices and control and autonomy of patients and nurses. The research is a collaborative project between social scientists, philosophers, and engineers.