Patient-centered eHealth describe a group of digital technologies developed to support specific health interventions. The notion covers, for instance, telemedicine (technologies developed to support care at a distance) or self-monitoring systems (e.g. wearables). Patient-centered eHealth has a well-recognized potential for supporting the interaction between patients and health professionals and to empower citizens in managing their own condition. This is in particular important for patients living with chronic diseases such as heart arrhythmia, diabetes, and COPD.
However, patient centered eHealth is also known to be notoriously challenging to design and implementing in order to achieve the wanted health outcomes. One reason is that this requires a deep understanding of both the clinical principles and practices behind, the potentials and constraints of the digital technologies, and the patients lived experiences of living with the disease. Hence, this project invites students to partake in either user-driven design of patient-centered eHealth or critical studies focusing on the practical use of patient-centered eHealth.
This type of project can be conducted through a case of your own choosing or through participation in the ongoing research project SMS4Change.
SMS4Change (January 2021-) is a research project in Denmark funded by Steno Diabetes Center Zealand. Here, researchers from Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark and University of Oslo design, develop, and evaluate a platform-based invention aimed to support citizens living with diabetes mellitus type-2 (DMT2) in improving their glycemic control. The concept developed project is a platform through which individualized sets of text messages will be delivered at predefined intervals in order to support the patients in making sense of and adjusting their own behaviors. The project involves research on (a) patient self-care practices (b) triggers for behavior change, (c) language psychology, ie. response patterns to different ways of formulating content, and (d) public health in order to document the health outcomes of the intervention.
A project within this topic can be done as:
- A user-driven design project through which a specific digital solution is conceptualized, prototyped and tested.
- A critical study of an existing eHealth system in order to identify the challenges that emerge in practice.
Who is this for?
This type of project appeal to students with a strong interest for healthcare practices among patients and health professionals and with a strong engagement in contributing to the development of concrete solutions that improve care and wellbeing for patients.