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The 12th Social Study of ICT workshop

Health Information Systems: Searching the Past - Finding a Future

The Information Systems and Innovation Group hosted its twelfth annual Social Study of ICT (SSIT12) workshop on 18 April 2012.

Health Information Systems are increasingly seen as being at the centre of the delivery of high quality healthcare and as key to the modernization or transformation of healthcare organizations. The last decade has seen many countries introducing initiatives aiming to bring more ICT into the front line of healthcare as well as promoting it as a basis for reengineering the back office.  Yet one of  the biggest, most ambitious initiative of them all, England’s National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT), has been largely abandoned by a new government as they adopt a different direction for policy.  Elsewhere, in Europe and beyond, we see a mixed picture of some progress and painful or puzzling setbacks. Meanwhile in the USA an even larger national initiative is in its early stages, committed to achieving ‘meaningful use’.

For health information systems this is perhaps a moment of transition, one where money is tight and strategic ambitions are shifting.

In this one day conference we explored two pressing contemporary issues:

  • What lessons, both positive and negative, can be learned from recent experiences with innovative health information systems,
  • How should we re-shape our future commitment to building health information systems, and our approaches to researching them?

Keynote speakers

Ross Koppel

Hiding Information in Healthcare Information Technology: Promises and Pitfalls

Ross Koppel - University of Pennsylvania

Video [174MB]

Bill Aylward

The clinical context for health IT and the important role of ‘open’

Bill Aylward - Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

Video [163MB]



Experience from the field: How health information systems arrive and how we research them

Maryam Ficociello

Exploring the consequences of using electronic patient records in diverse clinical settings

Maryam Ficociello - Simon Fraser University

Video [118MB]

Ela Klecun

Evaluation as a multi-ontological endeavour

Ela Klecun - Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, LSE

Video [129MB]

Valentina Lichtner

Journey to DOR: A Retro Science-Fiction Story on researching ePrescribing

Valentina Lichtner - City University, London

Video [99MB]


Looking forward: New Directions

Margunn Aanestad

Real People, Novel Futures, Durable Presents

Margunn Aanestad - University of Oslo

Video [198MB]

Amir Takian

Awaiting an Information Revolution

Amir Takian - Brunel University

Video [142MB]

Ross Koppel

Round table: Finding futures for HIS

  •     Margunn Aanestad
  •     Maryam Ficociello
  •     Ross Koppel

Video [112MB]



The Information Systems and Innovation Group is a centre of expertise on information technology (IT) inovation and concomitant organisational and social change. For more information on the group please click here|.