Action through Information Management (AIM)

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Research group AIM

Our research group Action through Information Management (AIM) studies how the large amounts of data and information in health care can be transformed into knowledge and action that supports change and innovation. By using informatics, we can accelerate the process of generating new knowledge that reaches the caregiver and patient faster.

By transforming the information, data can be presented in different ways that support patients, health care providers and policy makers in their decisions. Our research group works on various projects in areas such as e-health, value based healthcare, decision support, organizational development and quality improvement.

Ongoing projects

Coaching datadriven quality improvement

The project is performed and implemented in cooperation with QRC Stockholm, Quality Registry Centre in Stockholm. The aim of the project is to provide courses which build knowledge and skills in how to actively pursue sustainable clinical improvement with the support of national quality registers. Course participants learn and practice the coaching methodology to achieve even better results. Managers that are connected to the participating organization are offered to participate in a special leadership programme. A total of 58 clinical teams from different health care organizations and 29 national quality registries have participated so far. The course is commissioned through KI.

Network for senior coaches and leaders

This aim of this project is to create a learning network for sustainable improvement work and innovation leadership within health care. The project builds on participants from current programmes at the QRC Coaching Academy. The programmes are a unique combination of coaching, leadership and improvement work supported by national quality registries (NQRs). Our goal is to guide health care organizations to focus their capacity on creating new processes, as well as to enhance their abilities to create innovative care. In a post study we aim to look at the relevant processes and effects of the project.

Contact: Helena Hvitfeldt and Julia Sid

4D arthritis

Project 4D arthritis consists of several sub-projects, which aim to help the patient in the meeting with health care. By developing knowledge support and e-health services, the patient becomes a co-actor in their own care. These services also supports health care in getting better real-time information about their performance and actions, and increases opportunities for research.

Contact: Sofia Ernestam

Value Based Health Care

The project is about finding patient centered ways of measuring care in Rheumatoid Arthritis, and to develop models to increase patient participation in health care. The project also studies underlying assumptions in Value Based Health Care.

Contact: David Ebbevi

Simulation modeling of health care processes and flows

Sometimes it can be helpful to test a planned change or an idea before it is implemented. By mapping processes and flows into a computer model that can be simulated, one can see what effects a change can get. In this way it is possible to fine-tune the change and avoid unexpected and unwanted effects.

Contact: Helena Hvitfeldt

Research group members


Helena Hvitfeldt

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 837 83
Organizational unit: MMC/Action through Information Management


Carolina Wannheden

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 839 34
Organizational unit: MMC/Action through Information Management

Senior researcher


Mats Brommels


Marie DahlbergResearch assistant
Eskil DegsellAssociated
Elena EftimovskaResearch assistant
Anna EssènAssociated
Helena HvitfeldtPostdoc
Staffan LindbladAssociated
Shahnaz RasouliR&D trainee
Åsa RevenäsPostdoc
Sara TolfResearch assistant
Carolina WannhedenPostdoc
Matilda Åberg WennerholmResearch assistant


Pseudo-understanding: an analysis of the dilution of value in healthcare. JJ Fredriksson, D Ebbevi, C Savage - BMJ quality & safety, 2015.

Patient reported outcome measures in practice. EC Nelson, E Eftimovska, C Lind, A Hager, JH Wasson, S Lindblad- BMJ, 2015.

Using Patient-Reported Outcomes in Routine Practice: Three Novel Use Cases and Implications. Hvitfeldt Forsberg H, Nelson E, Reid R,Grossman D, Mastanduno M, Torrey Weiss L, Fisher E, Weinstein J. J Ambulatory Care Manage Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 186–193. 2015.

HIV and tuberculosis coinfection: a qualitative study of treatment challenges faced by care providers. Wannheden, C.1; Westling, K.2; Savage, C.1; Sandahl, C.1; Ellenius, J.3. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Volume 17, Number 8, 1 August 2013, pp. 1029-1035(7)

Tuberculosis among HIV-infected patients in Stockholm, Sweden, 1987-2010: treatment outcomes and adverse reactions.
Wannheden C, Norrby M, Berggren I, Westling K
Scand. J. Infect. Dis. 2014 May;46(5):331-9

Continuous innovation: developing and using a clinical database with new technology for patient-centred care—the case of the Swedish quality register for arthritis. J Ovretveit, C Keller, HH Forsberg, A Essén…S Lindblad - International journal for …, 2013 – ISQHC.

Research funders


Educational work

Our research group is teaching in the following courses and programmes:

ManagementMedical Informatics