For people work with, or do research on, digital health

DHEAR - för ett hälsosammare och hållbarare samhälle

The field of digital health is growing, both in research and as a profession. As our society relies more and more on digitalization, more people are engaged in digitalization from a health perspective. This new field is quite complex, and we need to find new ways for collaboration. Health researchers must formulate problems and find solutions together with engineers. Home care services must collaborate with different professional groups regarding data security. There are many combinations of skill sets required, and many of us may not think about the fact that we are operating in the area of digital health. The digital technology is a means, and not and end, in our work.

Our non-deterministic view

We build our research on the understanding that technology is neither good nor bad, but it must be understood in context. Technology only works once humans assign tasks to it; it has no inherent characteristics. The advantage with a non-deterministic view on technology is that results from the research are not taken for granted but mirror the social practise where it is conducted. This allows us to view digitalization as neither good nor bad. Digitalization enables us to use certain processes and limits the use of others in a complex interaction where factors such as purpose, duration, target groups, etc. will determine its efficiency.

We address complex societal challenges

Our research is based on health science challenges that are affected by, developed or changed by digitalization. We begin our research in the everyday lives of people, which enables us to study authentic problems that are significant for people in various social practices. The complexities of society create challenges for research. Research must provide reliable results and offer appropriate solutions for the needs of society. At an early stage in the research process, we manage this complexity by engaging individuals and groups with personal experiences and knowledge. That is how research can contribute to a sustainable development of society.

What makes our research unique?

Our working methods are inclusive, and we value knowledge that comes from different groups. In order to be successful on our path towards our goal of conducting research that is highly valuable for our society, it is crucial that we exchange experiences and knowledge in fruitful collaborations. We have a long experience of research in close connection with practise and dialogue with the experts of everyday operations. Our research environment DHEAR is located at the University of Skövde, a school where digitalization for a sustainable development is a cross-discipline theme for research and education since many years. Therefore, we have established collaboration projects with several scientists, nationally as well as internationally, all with the goal of a healthier and more sustainable society.

Our research projects:

Online Guide 1177 how this influences the country’s Children’s A&E Departments

Oral health – can digital support improve oral health in the elderly?

FUN Digital aids for increased joy of movement for children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Mobile care

Other research projects within DHEAR

DHEAR partners

Västra Götalandsregionen och Skaraborgs Kommunalförbund

Project leader

Ninitha Maivorsdotter
School of Health Sciences
Associate Senior Lecturer in Public Health
Email: ninitha.maivorsdotter@his.se
Work: 0500-448429

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