1995. Kaplan. "The Computer Prescription: Medical Computing, Public Policy, and Views of History"


"This article traces past trends and current developments in medical computing in the United States. It suggests a link between shifts in emphases in medical computing and in federal government policy toward health care delivery. The development of medical computing was not driven solely by the internal imperatives of science and technology, but by dreams and visions of how computers could revolutionize medicine. Such dreams and visions constitute a mythical charter similar to ideologies and rhetoric used to mobilize support by other computerization movements. This mythical charter influenced development of medical computing by tying computing in medicine to policy goals. This charter also affected historical accounts in medical computing, which are characterized by technological determinism and evidence of cognitive dissonance due to failure to achieve policy goals."


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May 23, 2018 - 4:11pm

Critical Commentary

This 1995 article by Bonnie Kaplan follows the link between changes in medical computing and federal health care policy.



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Bonnie Kaplan, "1995. Kaplan. "The Computer Prescription: Medical Computing, Public Policy, and Views of History"", contributed by Maggie Woodruff, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 29 May 2018, accessed 26 May 2022. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/1995-kaplan-computer-prescription-medical-computing-public-policy-and-views-history