Research Topics

Women's Network for Research on Technology and Communication in Health

Research Topics

Three project groups have been established that focus on project development in the following areas: Clinical Pathways, Communication Challenges and Socio-Technology. The work of these groups has resulted in three submitted applications to the The Research Council of Norway’s program ‘Health, care and welfare services research’ (HELSEVEL), and in the establishment of research collaboration with a research group in Aarhus.


Clinical Pathways

Project leader: Line Melby, SINTEF Helse

This group works on issues related to the standardization of patient care. We are concerned about the consequences and effects of standardized patient care for both patients and caregivers.

One particular case we work on is  cancer care pathways and how they help to change cancer treatment and cancer care. How do hospitals facilitate for cancer care pathways? How is the individual patient cared for in the standardized process? And, what are the challenges for hospitals associated with reaching the defined deadlines in the cancer care pathways?

Communication Challenges

Project leader: Heidi Gilstad, Department of Neuroscience, NTNU

The research interests of this group pertain to challenges in the communication between health professionals and patients and in the cooperation and coordination across institutions and departments. Research themes are for example: ehealth- and health communication, ehealth literacy and the digital divide, coordination, cooperation and co-creation in health and service innovation.


Project leader: Ellen A. A. Jaatun, St. Olavs Hospital

The group consists primarily of two disciplines (health and technology) and 3 specializations (specialist doctor, health-computer scientist, product designer). We've had about 4 project meetings.

The group has worked with mapping of information needs and information flow around customization of a medical technological aid, identified informal communication and identified a need for improvement. The study was presented at PAHI 2015, with an article published in Ceur Proceeding, 2016.