I'm an associate professor 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 programme director for the Global Master Programme in Health informatics and course director for twp 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 personal (or 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 as well as tools for their selfcare. Involvement of patients and their relatives is in need of improvement throughout health and social care.
Information and communication technology (ICT) has been suggested as possible solutions to improve cooperation, coordination and involvement of patients and family carers, 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 and relatives; exploring their need for e-services and providing access to personal health related information.