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Health IT Lab

With the breakthrough of pervasive computing Information Technology can evolve into a pervasive healthcare tool, which ensures better, faster and more efficient examination, treatment and follow-up for patients – when and if the patients want it.

The basic idea behind the Pervasive Healthcare Lab is to bring computer power into all levels of the healthcare system – both in the primary and the secondary sectors – and even into the home, the workplace or wherever the patient is.


Check out our portfolio of cases to see projects and tasks we have been involved in.
You can filter the cases by duration, expertise or field of application.

We focus on the following themes:

Infrastructure for IT-based services within healthcare and social services. Research and development of concepts for a technical and organisational infrastructure in support of future network-based healthcare and social services. 

Hospital of the future. Research in the application and development of pervasive computing technologies for hospitals and development of technologies that can improve the connection between hospitals, the primary sector (for instance the doctor or home nurse) and the patients’ home and workplace.

Home care. The use of pervasive computing technology in the support of a patient’s self-treatment and in connection with the nursing of the individual patient. The interplay with the patient’s relatives and friends is an important aspect of this. Likewise is the idea of using the technology in other environments than ”just” the home or the workplace. 

Acute medicine and accidents. IT support to rescue workers and other personnel at an accident and coordinating efforts between hospitals, fire and police.

We participate in the project Denmark - a Pioneer in Telemedicine - a telemedical business and software ecosystem promoting coherence and market development for telemedicine companies and health care in Denmark

We also operated Caretech Innovation, a platform and project pool for healthcare informatics to ensure the shortest way between research, application and business. Caretech Innovation was funded by the Central Denmark Region – Regional Development and the European Regional Development Fund for the period 2008 to 2012.

One of the key issues in our projects is user-driven innovation, also known as participatory design. We work with field studies, workshops with users and experiments in realistic environments as a central and integral part of our design work. Our field studies are often designed, conducted and analyzed by ethnographers in collaboration with e.g. computer scientists, engineers and industrial designers. We emphasize an interdisciplinary collaboration between different professions, as we believe that we in this way receive the greatest benefit from the resources deployed.

We use a wide range of technologies to meet the needs arising from our projects. 

The technologies and methodologies include:

  • Methodologies: Future Workshops, Wizard of Oz, prototype evaluations, Home Health Tours, ethnographic analysis, cultural probes, mobile probes, Scrum, XP
  • Hardware platforms: Mobile devices, embedded devices, servers
  • Network infrastructure: Mobile, IP, xDSL, fiber
  • Sensor networks: Medical sensor networks, sensor networks for the body, user interfaces and security for low-energy sensors IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee, low power wireless networks, 6LoWPAN
  • Operating systems: TinyOS, Apple, Symbian, Contiki, Linux
  • Software development platforms: Eclipse, Java, Python
  • Application solutions: Telemedicine, online communities
  • Web technologies: Web Services, SOAP, XML
  • Databases: MySql, Oracle
  • iPhone, iPAD, ANDROID development
  • Health Standards: HL7

With regard to research we are part of the Centre for Pervasive Healthcare in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University. The Centre for Pervasive Healthcare is led by Professor Morten Kyng from the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University and Head of Innvation Lone Faber from the Alexandra Institute. 

Furthermore, we have a longstanding collaboration with the HCI group at the Department of Computer Science, University of Aarhus, which over the years has produced research at a high international level.

Other partners from research institutions include:

  • Aarhus School of Architecture
  • The Danish School of Education, Learning Lab
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Distributed Programming Laboratory
  • KHT Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Lancaster University, Department of Sociology
  • London University, Kings College
  • Lund University, Computer Science Department
  • Malmö University
  • University of Siena, Communication Science Department
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • VIA University College, Vitus Bering Denmark
  • Aalborg University

Examples of research:

  • New knowledge on how to create dynamic and efficiency in the interplay with local environment and on a national scale in the development of infrastructure for the healhcare and social field.
  • A number of running prototypes in various fields, evaluated in 'real' environments.
  • New knowledge acquired by involving very different users in the innovation projects, as for example rescue workers on the ground, senior citizens and people with physical and / or mental disabilities
  • New knowledge acquired by conducting field studies and design activities in "non-traditional 'observation environments, for example in people's homes or in highly mobile working environments.
  • New knowledge in relation to the work with complex user groups in the health field and experience in improving cooperation between health professionals from different disciplines and between health professionals and citizens
  • Experience with developing a health technology for the home, which does not signal illness
  • Software technology that supports 'context-awareness' and applications based on this technology and which are being used by clinical staff to see, for example, where people are and what they are doing
  • Development of solutions for making visible the interaction between wireless components as well as solutions for field work where keyboard and mouse are not suitable
  • New technologies and methods for user authentication, for example in connection with jobs where you move around.

Since 2003, Centre for Pervasive Healthcare has published a series of scientific papers, many presented at major international conferences.

Examples of applications that have come out our projects:

  • A coordination and communication system for a surgical, which has won the Golden Scalpel: Cetrea A/S
  • A wound journal: Dansk Telemedicin
  • Overview and communication system for major accidents: 43d

Our business partners and partners from public institutions include:

  • 43D 
  •  Agro Business Park
  •  Amfitech ApS
  •  A/S Aabentoft
  •  Capgemini Danmark A/S
  •  Coloplast
  •  CSC Scandihealth A/S
  •  Dansk Projektrådgivning
  •  Dansk Telemedicin
  •  Egmont Højskolen
  •  G4S Security Services
  •  Glokal Marketing
  •  Danish Centre for Assistive Technology
  •  Horsens Hospital
  •  IBM, Food & Agro
  •  IBM, Aarhus
  •  Innovation Lab, Katrinebjerg
  •  Key2Know
  •  KR Hospitalsudstyr
  •  Landsbyen Sølund
  •  Logica
  •  Mark Film
  •  Medical Insight
  •  Mobile Fitness
  •  Modulex
  •  Novax
  •  Personics
  •  Polycom
  •  Randers Business & Development Council
  •  Randers Fysioterapi og Træningscenter
  •  City of Randers
  •  Regional Hospital of Randers
  •  Central Denmark Region
  •  Regional Hospital of Silkeborg
  •  Sanofi-Aventis
  •  SAS Institute A/S
  •  Safelink Denmark ApS
  •  Siemens
  •  Sunde Tanker
  •  Sundhedscenteret i Randers
  •  Systematic Software Engineering
  •  TDC
  •  Team Online
  •  Danish Technological Institute
  •  Tulip Food Company
  •  Væksthus Midtjylland  (Business Link Central Denmark)
  •  Whitestein Technologies AG
  •  Ældre Sagen
  • Aalborg Hospital
  • The City of Aarhus
  •  Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby
  • Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus
Head of Health IT Lab, Professor, Dr.scient.
+45 20 26 99 11
Åbogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N
Hopper building, 3rd floor room 320