Sabine Koch

Sabine Koch

Professor | Head of department | Docent
Telephone: +46852487149
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C7 Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik, C7 Informatik Koch, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Since 2008, I am the Strategic Professor of Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet and the Director of HIC, the Health Informatics Centre at LIME, the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics and acted as Deputy Head of Department between 2014 and 2022. From 2012 - 2016, I was the Programme Director for our Global Master's Programme in Health Informatics, a joint programme with the Department of Computer and Systems Science at Stockholm University. From 2016 - 2019 I acted as the Departmental Director of undergraduate and master's education at the Department LIME.

    I hold both a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Medical Informatics from Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany. I got into the field of medical informatics in 1988 which I five years later combined with research in human-computer interaction and I enjoy working in this inspiring cross-disciplinary field since then.

    To drive our field forward, I am engaged in a number of activities both locally in Sweden and around the world, currently acting as:

    - Past President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
    - Editor-in-Chief of Methods of Information in Medicine
    - Associate Editor of Applied Clinical Informatics
    - Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Medical Informatics
    - Member, National eHealth Council
    - Member of the External Advisory Board of the Medical Informatics Initiative Germany by the German Ministry of Education and Research
    - Member of the European Advisory Community for Philips Healthcare
    - Member of the Advisory Group "Terminology and eHealth" for Equalis

    - PhD 1998 (summa cum laude) – Medical Informatics, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany, “Methoden zur diagnoseorientierten Qualitätsobjektivierung und automatischen Bildverbesserung in der zahnärztlichen Radiologie“, Main supervisor: Prof. Dr. C.O. Köhler
    - MSc 1993 – Medical Informatics, University of Applied Sciences, Heilbronn and Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany

    Academic honours, awards and prizes
    2017 Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics
    2016 Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics
    2007 - 2008 Mentorsprogram Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
    2000 - 2001 Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, post-doctoral scholarship
    1995 Swedish Institute, scholarship


  • My early research was in dental informatics, especially dental imaging and IT supported integrated care concepts for dental offices. I explored these concepts further and applied them for collaborative work using mobile tools for homecare of the aging population.

    I have a broad interest in health informatics including models for collaborative care, human factors/usability, evaluation of information systems, consumer informatics as well as evidence-based decision support and information visualization for enhanced decision making. I strive for combining structure with flexibility and technology design with healthcare and consumer needs aiming to build the theoretical basis needed to fully understand the socio-technical environment in order to be able to enhance health service delivery.


  • 2016 - 2019 Departmental Director of Education, Department of learning, informatics, management and ethics (LIME).

    2012 - 2016 programme director, master's programme in health informatics


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  • Professor, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2008-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Uppsala universitet, 2005

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Head of department, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-2024

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