I'm a senior researcher at the Health Informatics Centre, KI. I am involved in several research projects (see links below), but I also spend a lot of my time teaching. I'm currently director of studies for the Global Master Programme in Health informatics and as course director for two of the courses in the programme. In addition, I supervise both PhD students and master students in their thesis work.
PhD in Medical Informatics, 2003-2009
thesis defended in February 2009
Main supervisor: Professor Sabine Koch
Co-supervisor: Professor Björn-Erik Erlandsson
Title: Sharing is Caring – integrating health information systems to support patient-centered shared homecare
My research focuses on user centred development of patient centred information and communication systems to support collaboration within health- and social care as well as patient empowerment.
People with chronic health issues (including elderly) often have complex and interrelated problems compromising physical, psychological and social health, requiring collaboration between and integration of health and social care. However, health and social care professionals belong to different, geographically dispersed organisations; they rarely meet and have trouble coordinating their work, which increases the risk for fragmentation of care. In order to provide continuity and safety, it is important to provide both involved care providers and care receivers with an overview of the entire patient care process, i.e. to provide patient-centred rather than organisation-or provider-centred care.
Within the growing field of consumer health informatics focus is on the needs of the patients themselves; providing tools that enable patients to be actively involved in the healthcare process and have access to and control their own health information. Involvement of patients and their relatives in homecare of elderly is in need of improvement.
Information and communication technology (ICT) has been suggested as possible solutions to improve cooperation, coordination and involvement of patients and family carers in shared homecare, yet, not many successful implementations are available. Many development projects are technology driven, focusing on the potentials of a new technology, rather than problem driven and thus not based on actual user needs in a specific context.
As a researcher, I address the area of patient-centred health informatics from two perspectives:
1. Using ICT to improve information sharing and collaboration between healthcare organisations, between different healthcare professions, and between healthcare providers and patients.
2. Using ICT to empower patients; exploring their need for e-services and providing access to personal health related information.
My PhD thesis, entitled Sharing is caring- Integrating Health Information Systems to support Patient-Centred Shared Homecare, focused on improving homecare of elderly patients through ICT, and I base my continued research on the results and experiences gained during my PhD studies.