What happens when you replace a meeting face-to-face with a screen?

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We live in a time when digitalization is changing people's lives in a profound way. Technology affects everything we do, how we do it, and why we do things the way we do. People's health is greatly affected, but despite these profound changes, there is very little research about the consequences of digitalization. Technology offers possibilities and limitations for our possibilities of living a good life. DHEAR conducts research to increase our knowledge about this change so we can direct the developments in a positive direction, for a healthier and more sustainable society.

What do we mean by digital health, and how are people affected in their daily lives?

Digitalization is present in everything we do. At work, in health care, seeing friends, or buying a bus ticket. The same thing is true for digital health. Health is generated through our daily lives, and digital health is how technology affects people's daily lives from a health perspective. Digital health may include the way people share their experiences of health and illnesses via social media, or how health care can become more accessible by using digital channels for advice.

Digital health can also be about what happens when digitalization is included into the kindergarten curriculum, while WHO recommends limitations to children's screen time. Is children's health affected by digitalization? Does digitalization change the professional roles of staff in schools and child health? Digital health is a complex area that requires collaboration between researchers from different fields.

Our research contributes to a healthier and more sustainable society

What happens when personal meetings are replaced by a screen? Digital meetings are present all around us. A grandmother who shows a video on her mobile phone to distract the grandchild during a bus ride. The department meeting where half of the participants are present via video link, or home care services receiving digital information about the status of patients. We need unbiased research to make decisions for a society that promotes good health for everyone, while being sustainable. Technology only works once humans have assigned tasks to it. DHEAR, and its people from different backgrounds, contribute to a healthier and more sustainable society by finding solutions to complex problems.

Our research projects:

Online Guide 1177 how this influences the country’s Children’s A&E Departments

Oral health – can digital support improve oral health in the elderly?

FUN Digital aids for increased joy of movement for children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Mobile care

Other research projects within DHEAR

DHEAR partners

Västra Götalandsregionen och Skaraborgs Kommunalförbund

Project leader

Ninitha Maivorsdotter
School of Health and Education
Associate Senior Lecturer in Public Health
Email: ninitha.maivorsdotter@his.se
Work: 0500-448429

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