Mobile support for community healthcare: a Janus view

Carl Adams, Tineke Fitch

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Mobile support, through powerful multimedia and communication devices, offers much promise to enhance the working environment. One area where substantial enhancements are possible, including considerable 'social good', is healthcare. The full infrastructure of the health systems can be brought to support the patient, irrespective of location. The role of community healthcare professionals could be considerably enhanced, enabling a fuller range of patient care to be provided in the community. However, applying such technologies are likely to have unforeseen consequences. This paper explores a 'Janus-faced' view of such technological changes to identify some of these unanticipated consequences. A case of district nurses in the UK is discussed, where technologies such as mobile phones are already being used. For the case, mobile technologies offer much potential, but this will require structural changes, not just in technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMOBIS 2004: Mobile Information Systems
EditorsElaine Lawrence, Barbara Pernici, John Krogstie
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-22874-7
ISBN (Print)0387228519, 978-0-387-22851-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
EventIFIP TC8 Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 15 Sept 200417 Sept 2004

Publication series

NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceIFIP TC8 Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems
Abbreviated titleMOBIS 2004


  • Community Healthcare
  • Janus-faced
  • Mobile Applications
  • Mobile Services


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