I am a doctoral student in health informatics and I have a background in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer science and Networking. My research focuses on user experience, socio-technical design, information visualization, usability evaluation and user centered system design.
My current research aims to support persons with Mild Acquired Cognitive Impairments (MACI) through Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In addition I have been teaching in “Scientific research methods” & “Evaluation methods for health informatics” courses.
Thinking about how the world runs, I was always interested in scientific explanations for the questions running through my mind. After a great deal of consideration and self-assessment, I made my firm decision to pursue my graduate studies in the field of Health Informatics. When I look back and see my experiences in both academia and industry, and considering my talents and ambitions, I wish to pursue a research career as a faculty member.
- Currently - Doctoral candidate (Health Informatics), Karolinska Institutet
- 2010 - M.Sc. (Human-computer Interaction), Uppsala University, Sweden
- 2004 - BEng (Software engineering), Azad University of Shiraz, Iran
As self-management is a fairly broad concept, the development of tools that support self-management must be conducted from a broad perspective. Self-management programs have to emphasize the patients' central role in managing their illness and include both the medical and social aspects of living to manage a long-term chronic condition. Self-management must also consider the health-care workers perspective in that the workers and patients collaborate on a wide range of issues related to this self-management. Proper patient-centered design of self-management must thus include socio-technical design of the healthcare work process. In addition to all clinical treatment, one approach that can be considered for further developing treatment of MACI is the use of ICT. For individuals with disabilities, ICT has become a fundamental part in their daily life by providing a wide range of useful services and tools at any context of use such as home, work and everywhere. This suggests that the tools developed will need to be utilized by patients in a wide range of situations, and that they thus need to be adapted to each patient’s individual needs. Most of existing ICT systems makes substantial demands upon individual users in terms of interaction abilities (e.g., typing, moving the mouse, reading, interpreting information and decisions making) and many patients ﬁnd it difﬁcult to use in various situations. Context-awareness is also an issue that has not been reached in many contexts and it’s still an area of active research and consensus to solve problems about equipments (e.g., networks, captors, artifacts, mobile communication) and concern security, especially important in the medical domain (e.g., identification, authentication, availability, integrity, confidentiality).
ICT has been used to support group rehabilitation in a few chronic illness cases and it offers a number of benefits over the face-to-face groups. Despite its expected benefits, ICT use for patient groups with cognitive deficiencies such as e.g. dementia patients is still a rather unexplored area and my research will contribute to current knowledge on how to build well-designed self-management tool to help MCI patient to be as Independent as possible, to be be customized according to patients’ abilities, to be capable of providing required services in different contexts and can be adapted to those contexts.
My previous research at HIC was an exploratory usability evaluation of Infobiotika by combining traditional usability testing method with eye-tracking technology. Infobiotika is visualization of patient information to improve decision-making for antibiotics use in intensive care which I have been involved at the latest development phase too.