How Information and Communication Technology Affects the Professional Assessment

My name is Sofia Leijon and during this spring I hope to contribute to the HTO-research group in analysing data from their ongoing studies.

I have a master’s degree in psychology from Uppsala University and for the past six years I’ve been working as a clinical psychologist in Stockholm. This semester I’ve taken a break from work to go back to my Alma mater to complete my bachelor in political science. My research subject is focused on how information and communication technology affects professionals in health care regarding their decision making and clinical assessment. It is very clear from my experience of working in the health sector as well as from my studies in political science how politicians and decisions-makers view digitalization/e-health care as the solution and the future for the health sector, with visions of improved efficiency, lower costs and greater involvement of the patient.

I’m interested in how this development will affect the professionals. In particular how it affects the very core and the practise that actually defines professionalism: the professional assessment. How does information and communication technology affect the practice of the assessment? What will be lost? What can be gained? Will the digitalization lead to more standardised procedures, which can decrease the opportunity for professional judgement? How do health care workers experience this and how do they feel affected by the digitalization in their judgement?

I’m really happy for the opportunity to dive into the HTO-groups material. The research from HTO-gruppen is of great relevance to everyone that work as a professional in the health care system today. Thanks to Åsa and the team for letting me be a part of it!

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