The CECAN team would like to extend thanks to Professor Trish Greenhalgh from the University of Oxford, who kindly dedicated her lunch hour to give us an energetic, thought provoking and highly logical seminar on evaluating e-health research.
Trish began by discussing what we mean by e-health research and that research of technologies that only focuses on 'technologies which will change the world', is aligned with a vague modernist vision, where technology is meant to solve many of society’s problems. Why? Because it does not consider the complex elements of peoples’ everyday lives.
Of course, e-health technologies have not changed the world, as highlighted by Tony Blair’s 'National Programme for IT'. This £12.8billion programme was meant to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability within the health service. It didn't happen and this became a paradigm case of inflated hopes and underestimated challenges in e-health.