Lina Nilsson, Doctoral student

Health & Technology / Applied Health Technology

Lina Nilsson


MSc in Sociology, Doctoral student


School of Health Science
Blekinge Institute of Technology
School of Health Science
SE-371 79 Karlskrona
Phone: +46 455385430, +46 733463071,

Title of Thesis work

Health services in a digital world

Overall aim of the thesis

The overall aim is to illuminate the usability of ICT in the communication between Healthcare and patients. It also outlines the need for consensus in the relationship between interaction- healthcare and ICT.

Dissertation plan and preliminary time schedule

I started my doctoral studentship June, 2009

Planned Licentiate seminar: 2011

Public Defence of Doctoral thesis: 2014

Main supervisor

Name: Sara Eriksén
Title: Professor
Affiliation: School of Computing, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SE-371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden

Assistant supervisors/s

Name: Christel Borg
Title: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: School of Health Science, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SE-371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden

Financing and affiliations

The research reported and planned is a part of the project 'Syster Gudrun fullskalelabb för IT i vård och omsorg'. The project is in the form of a collaboration between Blekinge Institute of Technology and Blekinge County Council. The project has been generously funded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Nutek).


Applied Health Technology Network at Blekinge Institute of Technology.

eHälsonätet i Linnéregionen (in Swedish)

IRIS (Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia) student network. (opens in a new window)

Forum för humanistisk-samhällsvetenskaplig hälsoforskning, LiU. (in Swedish, opens in a new window)

Nordic Implementation Interest Group (opens in a new window)

LinkedIn (opens in a new window)



Peer reviewed publications

Nilsson, L, Hofflander, M, Eriksén S, Borg, C. (2012) The importance of interaction in the implementation of information technology in healthcare: A Symbolic Interactionism study on the meaning of accessibility. Informatics for Health and Social Care. [Epub ahead of print] (doi:10.3109/17538157.2012.710683)

Hofflander, M, Nilsson, L, Eriksén S, Borg, C. (2012) Discharge planning: Narrated by nursing staff in primary healthcare and their concerns about using video conferencing in the planning session – An interview study. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Vol 3, No 1 (2013).

Publications in Manuscript

Non- technical thresholds in adopting Information Technology in a Healthcare context- synthesis and strategies

Abstracts & conference presentations

Nilsson, L. Opportunities and obstacles in implementation. eHealth in Swedish Primary Health Care: Lessons learned from two decades of Innovation and Development, Implementation and Evaluation, 1-2 February 2012, Karlskrona, Sweden.

Nilsson, L, Borg, C, Hofflander, M, Eriksén, S. PD 3.1 to the rescue - Challenges for Participatory Design in a health care context, 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2010; Sydney, NSW; 29 November 2010 through 3 December 2010; Code 83793, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series 2010, Pages 269-270

IRIS 33: Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia 2010- Engaged IS Research, Aalborg Danmark

IRIS 32: Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia 2009- Inclusive Design, Molde Norge

7th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics 2009, Arendal Norge

Professional background/interests

MSc in Sociology from the University of Lund, Sweden.

Master Degree in Quality Management and Leadership, Mid Sweden University

My PhD position includes international administration at the School of Health Science. Internationalisation is important in education as it broadens our academic mind and puts things in perspective.

Of course, my interest of ICT and healthcare has its starting point in sociology. I have a special interest in symbolic interactionism; how people find a unified meaning of words in a unified discourse. I find the dramaturgical perspective of symbolic interactionism particularly interesting: life is like a theatre where we must act differently in different settings. I also take an interest how e-health can give consensus in a healthcare context: how we need to change the discourse and interaction in a context when IT solutions are implemented. IT and context need to speak the same language. Otherwise there will be no balance between them.



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