In brief

  • Half-day workshop in conjunction with ECSCW2023 in Trondheim
  • Position papers are limited to six pages (excl references) in the ECSCW format
  • The deadline for submitting position papers is April 28, 2023
  • Participants accepted for the workshop must register for ECSCW2023


Electronic health records (EHRs) support patient treatment by providing healthcare professionals with the means to order, document, and follow up on the steps taken to treat and care for each patient. EHRs are complex systems and their implementation is a major undertaking, which has received sustained attention in computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and other research fields. This workshop at ECSCW2023 aims to provide a forum for participants to get updated on current CSCW studies of EHR implementations and create connections with a select group of other CSCW researchers who study such implementations.

The workshop is about implementing EHRs. Within this overall topic, the workshop themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Case analyses of empirical projects at different stages of completion - from preparations, through go-live, to continued use and design-in-use
  • Theoretically oriented pieces that propose or refine concepts for understanding EHR implementation and begin to apply them
  • Discussions that raise questions about important features of EHR implementations, such as their scope, clinical implications, and so forth
  • Studies of the many stakeholder groups that are connected and reconnected by EHRs, including how these groups participate in EHR projects
  • Methodological reflections on how to conduct studies, manage research data, and behave ethically amid clinicians, patients, and EHR vendors
  • Comparative pieces that investigate similarities and differences across EHR implementations or between groups, sites, or stages in an implementation

There is more information about the workshop in the workshop proposal. If you consider participating in the workshop, please have look at the proposal.


Participation in the workshop requires the submission of a position paper. We encourage potential participants to explain their interest in the workshop and particularly welcome position papers that address one (or more) of the workshop themes outlined above. Position papers are limited to a maximum of six pages (excluding references) in the ECSCW paper format. A template specifying the format is available in Latex, RTF, and Word. You submit your position paper, converted to PDF, on the ECSCW2023 site in EasyChair. If you do not yet have an EasyChair account, you need to create one. Once logged in, click 'New Submission' in the menu and then select 'Workshop EHR' in the list of tracks. The submission deadline is April 28.

The submitted position papers will be reviewed by the organizers and accepted on the basis of the relevance and development of their content. If the number of people interested in attending the workshop exceeds its capacity, the organizers will prioritize submissions that make for rich presentations and discussions, while also seeking diversity among the participants. We specifically encourage both junior and senior researchers to submit position papers. To promote broader participation, in particular from practitioners, we also offer the option of submitting alternative material of rough equivalence to a position paper (e.g., an experience report or abridged implementation plan).

In addition to submitting a position paper, participation in the workshop requires that the authors of accepted position papers register for ECSCW2023.


The workshop is a half-day event with the following program. Each position paper has 10 minutes for presentation, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. All position papers are available in the workshop proceedings.

09:00-09:15 Welcome, chaired by Morten Hertzum
09:15-11:10 Paper presentations, chaired by Rebecca Randell
09:15 "Implementing electronic health records: A case study of Helseplattformen", by Nora O. Ringdal
09:35 "Implementing and adopting a shared electronic health record (EHR) system in Central Norway", by Adrian Sand, Yngve Dahl, and Dag Svanæs
09:55 "The role of intermediary objects in the design of an EHR infrastructure", by Christopher Sadorge, Monika Nerland, and Miria Grisot
10:15 Break
10:30 "Understanding implementation of electronic medication management systems: A planned review", by Kjersti Z. Fosse and Pieter J. Toussaint
10:50 "EHR implementation and the importance of repair work", by Claus Bossen and Naja H. Møller
11:10-12:10 Group discussion, chaired by Miria Grisot
12:10-12:30 Wrap-up, chaired by Gunnar Ellingsen


Morten Hertzum

Roskilde University, DK

Rebecca Randell

University of Bradford, UK

Gunnar Ellingsen

UiT - Arctic University of Norway, NO

Miria Grisot

Oslo University, NO

Contact us

For more information, please contact Morten Hertzum (