HTO are presenting at Vitalis 2017

The HTO group is going to be present at Vitalis 2017 which is one of the national conferences in health care. We will present in two different tracks this year:

  1. Medical Records Online (Journal via nätet – en maxxad tillställning). Jonas Moll will be presenting the latest results from the patient survey that was sent out in the summer. Åsa Cajander will be presenting together with Isabella Scandurra.  We will also present our new Disa project to the audience in this track 🙂
  2. Envisioning Technology in Healthcare in 2015. Åsa Cajander will be presenting a project made in the IT in Society course together with Laura Wiegand, Mikaela Eriksson and Anna Normark.

There will be quiet many from the HTO group present at Vitalis, and we are all looking forward to an exciting trip 🙂

See you at Vitalis!


Informing about Future Changes Related to IT in the Sisu Project

This spring we are doing a campus tour around Uppsala university to inform about the future changes that are coming up.  As you might remember we have an action research project, Sisu, with the local Ladok implementation project, see this blog post .

The content of the seminars:

  • Short presentation of project.
  • Demonstration of the system.
  • What is “digital workenvironment”
  • Results from the survey “The digital work environment of study administrators”
  • Some advice to the departments for handling this change

We have the following upcoming seminars planned:

7 april, 10.15-11.45. BMC, sal B/A 111a.

10 april, 13.15-14.45. Gamla torget, sal T/GT6_3576.

11 april, 12.15-13.45 Engelska parken. Geijersalen.

19 april, 12.30-14.00. Blåsenhus, Laborativa lärosalen. Med videolänk till Campus Gotland: rum B23.

You find updated infomration about New Ladok on the university information page 



Working with the Future Research of the DOME consortium

This week Jonas Moll and Åsa Cajander from HTO participated in a two-day conference with around ten other researchers from the DOME consortium. The consortium has done research on medical records online since 2012, and it is really a flourishing group of people. Recently DOME has received funding for several new research projects, and the Disa project is partly a part of DOME.

Åsa Cajander has written a short blog post of the work done during day 1 of the conference, and day two had a focus on the future of the consortium. You can also find some blog posts on DOME in Jonas Moll’s blog. 

To make the discussion about the future of DOME, and a reframing of the objectives of the consortium we had engaged a professional facilitator from Gothia Science Park to help us. I must say that the person we engaged did an excellent job, and that we had very good discussions related to our work.

We started off the work with DOME’s future during day one when we were asked to write post-it notes in areas related to an inventory of our assessments. Day 2 we then started to work with the invetory of what we have in regards to results, networks, experiences etc. We worked in pairs and rotated in the room to put notes on the different topics on different sections of the wall. The whole room was especially designed for this kind of workshop, and to facilitate creative discussions.

When the inventory was done we moved on to doing a SWOT analysis, and to defining the objectives with the DOME consortium that needed to be updated and agreed upon.

We were also asked to write down our own objectives with being a part of the consortium, which revealed that we are indeed a group of people motivated by improvement of heath care. This exercise also showed that many of us have the same goals, and that there were no contradicting goals in the group.

This strategic work was indeed very motivating, and really something I strongly recommend to all research projects, networks or research groups.

As always it was excellent to meet the other DOME researcher, and I am really looking forward to our next meeting in the fall. Until then we collaborate using Slack, Skype and other collaborative technologies. Not as fun, but it works really well too. 🙂


Many IT Systems are Illegal, Prof. Bengt Sandblad Claims


The digital work environment refers to the problems and possibilities of both physical, psychosocial and cognitive nature which results from the work tools being digitalized. Digital work environment is one of the research areas of the HTO group, and several of the members of the group work with the TIGER project since a few years.

Bengt Sandblad is our most prominent and experienced reseracher in the area of digital work environments, and he claims that:

Many IT systems are illegal, and should be stopped!

What does he mean by this? Well, if the  Working Environment Act was used properly many IT systems  would be stopped and not used, he claims.

Professor Bengt Sandblad explores this further and is cited in this article found in Vårdfokus which is the nurses’ union’s magazine (in Swedish).

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The article describes that IT in health care has serious usability flaws and one of the people interviewed , Kerstin Forsberg, chief of the Health Professionals at Skaraborg Hospital Skövde, thinks that the new Working Environment Act launched in 2016 will help in adressing these problems.

However, professor Bengt has serious doubts and says that the  new regulations are not sufficiently detailed to specific deficiencies in the IT environment to be identified and addressed.

Bengt Sandblad emphasizes that better IT and working environment requires action by all parties involved.  Workers need to aquire the skills required, and be sure to acquire knowledge to identify and tackle the problem. Employers and IT industry need to focus more on good digital work environment and the Work Environment Authority must become better at using the laws that are there to intervene.

If you are interested in reading more about professor Bengt Sandblad’s work in this area we recommend the following (also in Swedish):

  • Störande eller stödjande? Om e-hälsosystemens användbarhet 2013, rapport från Vårdförbundet med flera.


The Disa Project: “Between patients and computer programs: Digitization and its impact on nurses’ work environment”

The “Between patients and computer programs: Digitization and its impact on nurses’ work environment”, the Disa project, is funded by Forte. The project started in October 2016 and will run for three years.

You can follow the project work in the HTO blog, at Twitter under the tag #htoUU, and at ReserachGate.

The research questions include how digitization has affected the stress and well-being, control over the work situation, digitization effects on operational quality, and communication with patients and other stakeholders.

Data collection is done through interviews, participant observation and surveys.

Particular focus will be placed on effects on the nurses’ work from the ICT and gender perspective. 

The project is lead by Minna Salminen Karlsson and Åsa Cajander, and work is planned to be done in 1) Children’s care 2) Surgical care and 3) Oncology.

The project team consists of the following people:

  1. Åsa Cajander
  2. Diane Golay
  3. Christiane Grünloh
  4. Minna Salminen Karlsson
  5. Ida Löscher
  6. Jonas Moll
  7. Gerolf Nauwerck
  8. Lars Oestreicher

In Oncology the studies will be a part of the DOME consortium and concentrate on the effects of Medical Records Online on the nurses work environment. Jonas Moll is leading these studies.

In children’s care and surgical care the work is starting up, see for example this blog post from Diane Golay. 

The project has a reference group consisting of eight people that will guide the work. The project will result in new concepts and framworks for managers to use when introducing new IT in health care. Below is an image describing the study design of the project.


the Seminar Series at the BioMedIT arena at the Department

The HTO research group are a part of the BioMedIT arena at the department of Information Technology. The arena offers free lunch seminars for anyone interested in BioMedIT and related topics. We strongly recommend anyone to go who is interested!!

Information about the lunch seminars can be found here:

There is also a YouTube Channel where all the talks can be found. You find it here: