Handbook on Geographies of Technology
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Handbook on Geographies of Technology

Edited by Barney Warf

This Handbook offers an insightful and comprehensive overview from a geographic perspective of the numerous and varied technologies that are shaping the contemporary world. It shows how geography and technology are intimately linked by examining the origins, growth, and impacts of 27 different technologies and highlighting how they influence the structure and spatiality of society.
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Chapter 30: Creating new geographies of health and health care through technology

Mark W. Rosenberg and Natalie Waldbrook

Abstract

New technologies in health care are viewed in this chapter through two perspectives: how geographers have taken them up in their research, and how these technologies are creating new health care landscapes. In the first view, GIS has become instrumental in mapping diseases, understanding various populations and their contexts, and in health care planning (including emergency responses), all of which are facilitated by the rise of national health databases. In the second view, innovations such as telemedicine and virtual care are redefining how health care is provided and to whom; the chapter also focuses on the implications for understanding the health geographies of the elderly.

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