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12. Living Infrastructure

verfasst von : Kai Reimers, Robert B. Johnston

Erschienen in: Collaboration in the Digital Age

Verlag: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Infrastructure is widely regarded merely as a material (lifeless) system that brings together the activities of diverse practices. In contrast to this view, we propose that when infrastructure provides a site where practices are held at once both near and apart, life under the influence of these practices is ‘lived to the full’. We call the resultant whole ‘living infrastructure’ to denote that it is both infrastructure for living and infrastructure that ‘lives’. The key idea is that a living infrastructure becomes the site where an opening between certain regions of life, which share some concern, happens. We will argue that such infrastructure is an on-going achievement of becoming, which requires nurturing and vigilance to maintain its continued productivity: otherwise it will cease to ‘live’. We present an empirical case from the German healthcare environment—the Federal Unified Medication Plan for medication therapy safety. We argue in detail that this is a nascent living infrastructure providing a site where a productive opening ‘happens’ between multiple practices involved in medication therapy safety. We analyse this ‘happening’ to establish how this opening took hold, how it was kept open, and how it was kept productive.

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Fußnoten
1
Hubert Dreyfus (2017) would say, in the same vein, that it ‘shines’. See also Heidegger (1950/1971, p. 180).
 
2
In other words, a process in the strong sense (Tsoukas and Chia, 2002; Langley et al, 2013).
 
3
We use ‘happening’ in line with Heidegger’s notion of Ereignis (Polt, 2005)—a productive, dialectical, gathering event (in the extended sense of event).
 
4
It is interesting to note that the group maintained that distinction for a considerable time even after a European directive had re-defined undesired drug effects to include medication errors, a re-definition which effectively collapses the distinction between undesired drug effects and undesired drug events and which the group eventually incorporated into its glossary. However, even one year after the need for adapting to the European directive had been first discussed by the group, the group decided that a proposed project would only be funded if the distinction between undesired drug effects and medication errors is accepted and worked into the project proposal. Thus, the group maintained this distinction in the face of considerable external pressure to give it up.
 
5
Drugs whose patent protection has expired are normally offered by several manufacturers. These drugs, so-called generic drugs or just generics, differ in price but also in composition concerning additives and other substances, and probably in quality as well.
 
6
While the ‘e-health law’ later specified that only physicians are obliged to create and print out a Medication Plan, earlier discussions in the group show that the group also envisaged that pharmacists can create and print a Medication Plan for patients. Presently, the role of pharmacists in creating and updating the Medication Plan has not yet become clear.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Living Infrastructure
verfasst von
Kai Reimers
Robert B. Johnston
Copyright-Jahr
2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94487-6_12