Research

Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: implications of a neglected element for successful implementation of consumer health technologies on older adults (HIBA)

Many e-health services and technologies have not been successful in bringing sustainable innovations into health care practices. E-health services and technologies often fail to acknowledge the interdependency of technology, socioeconomic environment and the entire spectrum of citizens’ health information behaviour.

The Academy of Finland financed project Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: Implications of a Neglected Element for Successful Implementation of Consumer Health Technologies on Older Adults (HIBA) between 2015 and 2020 studies how citizens’ health information behaviour influences the use of consumer health technologies and how these technologies can be effectively tailored to fit the everyday health information behaviours and practices of a growing ageing population suffering from a chronic condition (type 2 diabetes) to complement, substitute, and add personal and societal value to traditional health services. The objective is to develop comprehensible, manageable and, in particular, more meaningful and user friendly e-health services in the future. The projects addresses three specific questions of 1) How do older adults (born 1946–1960) with diabetes experience the usefulness, effectiveness, trustworthiness and privacy of e-health services? 2) Do existing e-health services have an impact on issues related to older adults health information behaviour?, and 3) How can e-health services be tailored to effectively fit older adults everyday health information behaviour? What are characteristic features of such tailored services? The major contribution of the project is to provide a holistic point of view on e-Health, the use and users of e-health services that acknowledges the interdependency of human information behaviour, technology, and the socioeconomic environment, which has been lacking from previous research. The findings inform research in the field of health information behaviour and e-health, but also on related fields from medical informatics to HCI, public health and computer science. The practical significance of the project is in that using action research approach it provides directly applicable information on user practices and the actual utility value of the studied e-health services that can be used in improving existing services and developing new ones. 

Researchers

  • Prof. (Doc.) Isto Huvila, project director
  • Dr. Heidi Enwald
  • Dr. Kristina Eriksson-Backa
  • Ms. Noora Hirvonen

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Archaeological information in the digital society (ARKDIS) 2013-2018

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Digitisation of archaeological information and cultural heritage assets has been one of the cornerstones of the digital society debate. However, at the same time when nations have made considerable investments in the digitalisation of archaeological heritage, we know very little about its implications to the usability of archaeological information for different stakeholder groups from citizens to researchers, museum professionals, landowners and property developers. We know a lot about technical challenges, but very little on how information practices influence the usability of information.

The aim of the project is to 1) map the implications and opportunities of the digitalisation of information and information work in the domain of archaeology and material cultural heritage throughout the lifespan of archaeological information from the field to museums and community planning, and 3) to develop and evaluate conceptual and practical methods and procedures for enhancing archaeological information work in the digitalised environment. The project addresses a series of significant recognised challenges within archaeology and, because of the broad societal implications of archaeological information from cultural heritage, museums and media industry to community planning (the legal requirements to protect archaeological sites and its consequences to infrastructure development and land us such as construction of houses, roads and railways), in the digitalised society as a whole.

The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council Grant (340-2012-5751) in 2013-2017.

Read more about the project at https://www.abm.uu.se/research/Previous+Research+Projects/ARKDIS/ and at ARKDIS blog athttp://arkdis-project.blogspot.com

 

Development of Online Medical records and E-health services (DOME)

The DOME consortium builds knowledge about the implementation and use of eHealth services and is based on studies of e-health projects. We do research in cooperation with the parties involved in the establishment of Online Patient Records in Sweden.

DOME is working closely with the national deployment of Online Patient Records as well as with documenting experiences gained from UCC that gave all patients access to their own medical records in in November 2012.

A specific goal of the research is to create a better basis for future introduction of eHealth services. The consortium therefore aims at developing recommendations for the introduction of new or improved e-health services in the healthcare system. Experiences made in DOME will be disseminated through all available channels.

DOME is a collaborative consortium between Karlstad University, Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, University of Lund, University of Skövde, Uppsala University, and Örebro University.

Read more at https://domeconsortium.org

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Expanding horizons of Personal information management (PIM)

Personal information management is a research area with a focus on how people acquire, search, organise and use information for their daily pursuits in work and leisurely contexts. Much of the past research in information science, archival and museum studies has focused on institutional collections and organisational management of information and other assets. Only rather recently researchers have began to put more emphasis on explicating the specific characteristics of personal information management (PIM)  and personal collections.

So far, the greater part of the research has been largely descriptive and focused on a relatively narrow understanding of information and its uses. The research project investigates the new contexts of personal information management with a specific aim of broadening the perspective PIM research to encompass non-traditional forms of information, factors and perspectives and contexts of managing and using personal information.

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Participatory archives and humanities e-Science infrastructures

Funded by Kone Foundation 2007-2009.

The aim of research project is to evaluate the benefits of e-Science infrastructures based on participatory digital archive in humanities oriented research and to frame the critical success factors of e-Science in small geographically dispersed research group. The study aims to answer the questions by addressing the specific issues of

  1. how the system was used,
  2. how it benefited the work of the researchers and
  3. what was especially difficult.

Same time the study aims at developing the concept and technical implementations for participatory archival systems. The emphasis of the e-Science related research initiatives on large infrastructures and hard sciences leaves an evident gap in the smaller scale human centred research even though there is no reason to believe that the emerging benefits would be less significant. The central outcome of the research is to provide an example how to create an inexpensive lightweight e-Science infrastructure for a group of researchers and to frame the emerging benefits and difficulties encountered in the process. Besides the actual archive and the provision of empirical data for developing it in the future, the present study informs the development of interoperable e-Science infrastructures for humanities research in general. The developed system and the scheme of information organisation can be used with minor modifications in other contexts with other collections and research projects. Further, the both can be used as references for developing similar systems for larger and smaller scale use.

The project is funded by the Kone Foundation http://www.koneensaatio.fi/

 

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