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E-Infrastructures and the divergent assetization of public health data: Expectations, uncertainties, and asymmetries

Vezyridis, Paraskevas; Timmons, Stephen

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STEPHEN TIMMONS stephen.timmons@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Health Services Management



Abstract

Normative, scientific and economic pledges to Electronic Health Record (EHR) data-driven research (for health and wealth) attempt to reconfigure public health data as an asset for realising multiple values across healthcare, research and finance. In this paper, we examine some of the expectations, frictions and uncertainties involved with the assetisation of de-identified NHS patient data by (primary care) research services in UK. We introduce the concept of 'asymmetric assetisation divergence' to study the various practices of configuring and using this data, both as a continuously generated resource to be extracted and as an asset to be circulated in the knowledge economy. As data assetisation and exploitations grow bigger and more diverse, the capitalisation of these datasets may constitute EHR data-driven research in healthcare as an attractive technoscientific activity, but one limited to those actors with specific sociotechnical resources in place to fully exploit them at the required scale.

Citation

Vezyridis, P., & Timmons, S. (2021). E-Infrastructures and the divergent assetization of public health data: Expectations, uncertainties, and asymmetries. Social Studies of Science, 51(4), 606-627. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312721989818

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 6, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 27, 2021
Publication Date Aug 1, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 13, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 27, 2021
Journal Social Studies of Science
Print ISSN 0306-3127
Electronic ISSN 1460-3659
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 4
Pages 606-627
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312721989818
Keywords History and Philosophy of Science; General Social Sciences; History
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/4766115
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0306312721989818

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