CFP: Caring for a Connected Humanity: eHealth and the Transformation of Health care in the Global South

12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries – 19-22 May 2013, Ocho Rios, Jamaica 

Deadline: 26th November 2012

CHAIRS: Vincent Duclos, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal, Canada (vincentduclos@yahoo.com) & Norman Schräpel, Department of Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Halle, Germany (norman.schraepel@ethnologie.uni-halle.de

 

TRACK 3: Caring for a Connected Humanity: eHealth and the Transformation of Health care in the Global South 

Health care in the developing world is being transformed by a proliferation of screens, interfaces and networks that constitute emerging infrastructures linking up bodies, knowledge, and care practices in new spatial and temporal configurations. Under the impulsion of governmental agencies a number of international institutions, NGOs, and private sector players aimed at managing and improving health care through tele-technological means have extensively unfolded on a global scale. Touchscreen tablets allowing to monitor the cardiac frequency of distant patients, text-message reminders of follow-up medical appointments, tele-consultations between practitioners: What is commonly referred to as ‘global eHealth’ comprises a host of heterogeneous practices sharing a commitment to help strengthen or transform health care provision in order to get out of the “vicious cycle of poverty, hunger, and disease” (World Bank 2011). Stemming out of the rise of ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) and its effort to bridge the ‘digital divide’, global eHealth brings forth a whole series of questions that this track seeks to engage with. This track aims at offering a social science perspective that critically comments on issues like ICT4D, human capital, global health, data production, project and technology design, etc. A critical perspective on recent attempts to implement eHealth solutions in the global South will not only discuss the expectations these technologies produce, challenges, patterns of failure or of the successful translations, but will also bring about valuable information for tangible future perspectives in the field. This track particularly appeals to papers anchored in field research, providing viewpoints that might fruitfully contrast with generic narratives of progress and development, implicit to most of global eHealth literature. Submitted papers could be dealing with such exemplar questions: 

  • How is eHealth transforming the daily routines of patient care in the developing world? 
  • How is eHealth transforming health care systems, from data stocking practices to modes of care delivery? 
  • In what ways is eHealth bolstering the human capital of healthcare personnel around the world? 
  • In what ways are tele-technologies producing spaces of connectivity, and knowledge, generating new forms of presence and proximity? 

 

Submissions Guidelines (Deadline 26th November 2012) 

Conference submissions will be by email to both track chairs (vincentduclos@yahoo.com norman.schraepel@ethnologie-uni-halle.de). The conference proceedings will be published with an ISBN number and table of contents, and all papers will be blind peer-reviewed before acceptance. 

Documents must be written in English (.doc format) according to the following rules: 

  • Single Spacing 
    • Cover page containing:
    • Title of manuscript 
    • Authors’ names, affiliations and contact details for correspondence including e-mail address 
    • Abstract of not more than 200 words 
  • No author names anywhere else on the manuscript other than on the cover page 
  • Repeat the title on the second page, before the body of paper 
  • Full Research Papers: Length limit: 5000 words for text excluding abstract, diagrams, tables and references 
  • Research in Progress/ Practitioner Reports of Experience and Reflection: Length Limit: 2500 words of text excluding abstract, diagrams, tables and references. 

We suggest to use the paper template that can be downloaded from here http://www.ifipwg94.org/abstracts-2005/doc_download/19-submission-template-ifip-conference-2013

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