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Research projects within DigiHealth explore the development and the implementation of digital technologies and solutions in relation to health and welfare. 

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Overview of the Discipline

Within DigiHealth, understanding and dealing with issues related to health is not restricted to just the diagnosis and treatment of disease within a health care environment, but health is rather seen as integral to all aspects of everyday life (e.g. school, work, interacting on the internet). Therefore, DigiHealth takes the approach that health is a biopsychosocial phenomenon, lived through and experienced in the physical body and in the context of wider social, relational and material circumstances.  DigiHealth was formed as a result of identifying health as an important research discipline within The Digital Society.

The research focus, within DigiHealth, includes a variety of topics connected with nursing, public health and social services. These research topics include issues of technological transformation and the implementation of digital technologies in health and welfare service delivery, as well as in people’s everyday lives, particularly in relation to participation, empowerment and marginalisation.  

Research projects within DigiHealth explore the development and the implementation of digital technologies and solutions in relation to health.  Collaborations on publishing systematic reviews, designing and developing relevant research, gaining funding for joint research projects as well as teaching collaborations with other universities, both nationally and internationally, have been the main focus within this research discipline.  These multitude of opportunities, that our researchers and partners are involved in, influence development and implement new or update existing processes as well as consider ethical issues, empowerment and marginalisation.  

Research Activities

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Below are some of DigiHealth's research groups and their corresponding research projects:

The Acute Critically Ill Patient(AKS)

Projects under the Research Group: The Acute Critically Ill Patient (AKS)
  1. Decision Support in Health Care using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  2. Anaesthesia personnel`s experience with automated anaesthesia information management systems
  3. Remote management and monitoring of cancer patients in light of the COVID-19 pandemic- the CACOV study
  4. Patients' experiences with digital health solutions 
  5. Digitalization of healthcare services- nurses’, nursing teachers’ and nursing students’ acceptance and utilization in community healthcare services
  6. Exploring the effects of training and simulation in handling postpartum haemorrhage- the ExTraSim study
  7. Dispatch-NASPP (Norwegian Acute Stroke Prehospital Project)   

Person-centered Healthcare and the Digital Society(PADS)

Projects under the Research Group: Person-centered Healthcare and the Digital Society (PADS)  
  1. Person-centred practice and the use of technology in nursing homes – an intervention study to improve services and everyday life for older people living in nursing homes and their relatives, and healthcare personnel’s job satisfaction
  2. Remote care: The experiences of nurses at municipal response centres regarding conversations with patients who have unclear needs 
  3. Reminiscence Via Immersive Visual Experiences (REVIVE)

The Social Work Research Group

Projects under the Research Group: The Social Work Research Group 
  1. Lost in digital translation: Ethnographic studies of welfare state assemblages in practice 
  2. The Bridge of Knowledge: digital technology in the coordination of specialist hospital and generalist municipal health and social care
  3. Digitalising welfare: The channel strategy in the Norwegian Labour and welfare administration (NAV)
  4. The digital ethnographers’ methods: participant observation, interviews and documents 

About our Researchers

Ph.D. candidate Camilla Gjellebæk is researching welfare technology. 

DigiHealth is comprised of researchers from the Faculty of Health, Welfare and Organisation. The Faculty is headed by Dean Randi Magnus Sommerfelt and is located at both Campus Fredrikstad and Campus Halden. The Faculty has approximately 130 employees and about 2000 students and are incorporated across two departments:

Some of our Researchers include:

Professor Vigdis Grøndahl (coordinator)

Professor Lilliana Del Busso (coordinator)

Professor Carina Bååth

Professor Liv Halvordsrud

Professor Ann Karin Helgesen

Professor Camilla Martha Ihlebæk

Professor Brendan McCormack

Professor Kirsti-Iren Skovdahl

Associate Professor Camilla Anker-Hansen

Associate Professor Camilla Hardeland

Associate Professor Ann Cathrin Leonardsen

Published Mar. 30, 2021 9:56 AM - Last modified Nov. 28, 2021 8:45 PM