Lina Nilsson’s does research on implementation of eHealth. She is a senior lecturer at the Linneaus University and works in health informatics. She has a background in sociology with leadership and management.
Lina did her PhD project in Applied Health Technology (up until 2014), on using IT to improve communication between patients and healthcare staff. In her thesis, she identified social challenges when implementing Information systems in a Swedish healthcare organization: power, alienation, professional identity and encounters are aspects that may influence the implementation process.
Today, she is engaged in education but also research and development projects with focus on eHealth at Linnæus University.
During her talk she discussed the professional identity of being a good nurse that is not the same thing as being good at IT systems. That working with IT was not seen as a part of the core professional nursing profession, and that previous bad experiences of implementations affect future ones.
Suspicions based on previous experiences of implementations, attitudes along the lines of “it didn’t go that well last time, why should we trust this one to be any better?” are challenging for an implementation project in health care. eHealth can provide tools that are appreciated by health care professionals, but also affect their work in ways that they do not. For example by affecting traditional power structures between professions.
Today Lina Nilsson has focused her research on nursing. One thing that she has found is that ICT implementations solve certain problems related to work, but that it also introduces new problems. She is also working in a project, ePATH, directed at supporting patients and empowering patients in care at home. In another project, she is involved in researching how small and medium sized enterprises can compete more fairly with larger actors on the market for providing HIT to health care organisations.