About group

The Health informatics and -technology (HIT) group (former: Medical informatics & telemedicine (MI&T) group) at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway was established 1994-95. From the beginning, the group has been responsible for teaching Medical Informatics / Health Informatics courses. In the years 1995-2015, the HIT group was closely connected to Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine (NST)  and the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research (NSE) (2017-2018). The group has a long tradition working with clinicians at the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN).

The research group

The Health informatics and -technology (HIT) group has currently 3 full professors, 1 professor II, 2 senior researchers, 5 visiting professors/researchers, 8 research fellows and a varying number of MSc students. Since 2000, the research group members have published more than 200 scientific papers in journals and conference proceedings. From 2018, the group has been involved in a new 5-years integrated master’s degree in health technology.

Description of research activities

Our research approach is experimental (medical computer science) with a focus on implementing and testing of health care technology (artefacts).

The research in the Medical informatics & telemedicine group mainly focuses on (1) Mobile terminals and systems for personalized health (diabetes) (self-management/self-help/self-monitoring), (2) mobile games for children with diabetes, (3) enhanced patient interaction through ICT, (4) electronic disease and health surveillance, (5) telehealth/telemedicine services in remote areas, (6) motivational mechanisms in eHealth, and (7) Increased physical activity for people with intellectual disabilities through E-health tools.

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