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Pappersfloden på sjukhusen: datamaskinen som 1960- talets lösning på informationsproblem inom sjukvården
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2020 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för ABM, ISSN 2002-4614, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 34-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article illustrates how computers were perceived as capable to answer the acute problems with the handling of information within the Swedish health care during the 1960s. Advocates of computers in healthcare equaled healthcare problems with information problems; the latter could only be solved with the help of computers. Computers were also thought of as a novel aid allowing physicians to create useful knowledge, and ideas about medical knowledge were articulated as a response to the introduction of the new technology. The medical competences and knowledge had to be explained so that the computer would be able to process it – it was necessary to transform patient histories into binary language. By historicizing the role of computers within healthcare, the article shows how tools used to process information are adaptable to the demands of their context of use, and how they contrariwise also affect their context.

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Uppsala, 2020. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 34-53
Keywords [en]
hospital archives, computer history, medical records, healthcare, data
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Humanities and the Arts History of Technology
Research subject
Library and Information Science; History of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-428320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-428320DiVA, id: diva2:1509461
Note

Denna artikel är en förkortad version av masteruppsatsen ”Datakraft och läkekonst: datateknikens införande i svensk sjukvård 1962 – 1968”. Uppsatsen finns tillgänglig digitalt via DiVA: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1435068/FULLTEXT01.pdf 

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