Since 2008, I am the Strategic Professor of Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet and the Director of HIC, the Health Informatics Centre. 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:
- 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
KI representative, 2017 – ongoing, Research, Education and Development Committée Stockholm Healthcare Services
Member, 2017 – ongoing, National eHealth Council
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
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