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Journey to DOR: a retro science-fiction story on researching eprescribing

Lichtner, Valentina and Venters, Will (2011) Journey to DOR: a retro science-fiction story on researching eprescribing. In: Chiasson, M., Henfridsson, O., Karsten, H. and DeGross, J. I., (eds.) Researching the Future in Information Systems. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (356). Springer, pp. 151-161. ISBN 9783642213632

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-21364-9


The core of this paper is a science fiction short story. We are on planet DOR. A group of scientists are working on an experiment, changing underlying mechanisms of transmissions of a colossus machine – a complex system of gears and levers, wires and pipes. Some of its mechanisms are also known as D for Doctors, F for Pharmacists, P for Patients. Observers travel from Earth to study the experiment. Their dilemmas are unaided by their advanced research tools. The story is inspired by research carried out for the evaluation of the forthcoming Electronic Prescription Service in England (UK). Our fiction is fiction, but it is also a methodological means, a reflexive lever to elaborate and explore our research texts and to question the feasibility, meaning and impact of researching future technology.

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Additional Information: © 2011 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Divisions: Management
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2011 14:02
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 00:18
Projects: Evaluation of the Electronic Prescription Service in Primary Care (CFHEP004)

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