The Dev. Informatics (DI) group hosted the first mini-symposium for 2018 on Thursday, 22nd February. The aim of the symposium was to provide;
- A supportive atmosphere for PhD students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing research work.
- Guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and their peers.
- Enable PhD students to interact with other participants and potential collaborators in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions and experiences.
PhD student presenters during this symposium were Mr. Michael Kizito and Ms. Hawa Nyende (both staff at SCIT and PhD students. Please find below their respective abstracts and profiles.
Michael Kizito is a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied IT. His research interests are in IT Governance in the digitalization of Healthcare. His supervisors are Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi and Associate Professor Johan Magnusson.
Information Technology has become pervasive and so many sectors have digitized (paper and processes). IT has become central in supporting, growing and sustaining many business organizations. IT is considered an enabler to better ways of working that may lead to achieving efficiency and or innovation in organizations. With digitization has also come digitalization. Digitalization is related to the use of digital technologies and digitized data in order to create revenue, improve business, replace or transform business processes and creating an environment for digital business, where digital information is at core. So, with digitalization, it is imperative that the governance of IT is given priority. The governance of IT is predicated upon the presence of effective organizational processes in five domains namely: strategic alignment, resource management, risk management, performance management and value delivery.
Hawa Nyende is an assistant lecturer at the department of Information Technology, Makerere University, and a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her PhD research is in health informatics particularly, investigating on the use of ICTs to improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts. She is being supervised by Associate Professor Urban Ask (University of Gothenburg) and Dr. Nabende Peter (Makerere University).
The United Nations listed maternal mortality as a major problem especially in developing countries. The need for improved quality of healthcare has led to transforming ways in which healthcare is delivered. The role of information technology (IT) in this transformation is moving towards active participation of patients in healthcare. Active participation of patients in healthcare aligns with the service dominant (S-D) logic in which customers (i.e. patients) are co-creators of value. Technology has been identified as a key driver for value co-creation however the question of how IT can drive value co-creation in healthcare has not been fully explored. The overall research objective is “to come up with guidelines on how to design IT models that can improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts”. To achieve this objective, studies will be conducted in Uganda and Sweden in which, mixed methods including interviews and questionnaires will be used. Study participants will include healthcare professionals, IT staff and pregnant women. The service innovation framework based on S-D logic will be adopted as the theoretical framework for the study.