Past projects

Digitalize or Die: Dynamic Drivers of Responsible Research and Innovation in Health and Welfare services

Project description

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are increasingly utilized to support health care practices. These so-called eHealth innovations embrace complex communication platforms which facilitate the interaction between patients and various actors in the field of health care, or sensor environments that support healthy ageing and independent living of elderly or people with chronic diseases. These emerging innovations promise to increase the access, quality, and efficiency of health care. On the other hand, eHealth is expected to change existing roles and responsibilities between patients, their family members, doctors, health care providers and care personnel.

The Digitalize or Die-project addresses the question how ICT-based health innovations may contribute to new societal solutions in a responsible way. In particular, the project addresses the issue of Responsible Research and Innovation in eHealth innovation processes in Norway, USA, UK, Portugal and the Netherlands to compare different contexts and regions.

In the Dutch region Twente (province Overijssel), a large number of health-related innovations are developed. Hence, in December 2016, Twente has been awarded as one of 74 European exemplary regions for active and healthy aging. In our study we take a look at innovation processes in the Dutch province Overijssel in the field of eHealth, actor constellations, new collaborations and shifting roles of actors. In particular, we focus on how aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation are addressed in the innovation process and how this relates to regional and project characteristics. Our study is funded partly by the Research Council of Norway and partly by the province of Overijssel.

Interim results of this study are summarized in a short report.


 The UT - Team working on the DoD project includes:

Dr. Verena Schulze Greiving
dr. K.E. Konrad (Kornelia)
Associate Professor
Dr. Paul Benneworth

PAUL BENNEWORTH, senior researcher, CHEPS

prof.dr. S. Kuhlmann (Stefan)
Emeritus professor Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Please contact Kornelia Konrad for any information on the running project.