He will lead the centre’s work for using technology in innovative and effective user-centred health services.
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“We are very happy that Andreas Prinz has agreed to take over as the new scientific head of the Centre for eHealth. He is first of all a merited and recognised researcher with a large academic network. He also stands as intellectually curious and fearless,” Dean Anders Johan Wickstrøm Andersen of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at UiA says.
Andersen believes these qualifications are valuable for a centre that will work on changes and original thinking.
Andreas Prinz is at the moment professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technology at the University of Agder (UiA). He has had several leader positions at the university.
Andreas Prinz takes over the position on 7 August 2017. Initially, he will work as the scientific head for a period of two years. Prinz takes over after Professor Rune Fensli, a pioneer in the work for establishing the Centre for eHealth at UiA.
“Rune Fensli has been an ambitious, knowledgeable and impatient scientific head for one of the university’s main priority areas. In a relatively short time, he has, together with his colleagues Ragni Macqueen Leifson, Elin Thygesen, Carl Erik Moe and Santiago Martinez, shown that an interdisciplinary research collaboration that is anchored at both a national and international level is possible,” says Andersen.
The Centre for eHealth contributed greatly to the Agder region being awarded with the status as a European reference area in eHealth and when UiA was given management of the EU-financed project In For Care.
Andersen says that the Centre for eHealth has been an important source of support for UiA’s new, large health lab I4Helse. The centre will use more resources on participating in larger research projects both nationally and internationally.
“The centre’s new strategy is closely linked to the university’s strategy and vision of co-creation of knowledge, so the centre will further develop its identity regarding user-centred research,” Andersen says.
The new scientific head of the centre will be a key figure in UiA’s eHealth work in the coming years and will find good cooperation models with external partners regionally, nationally and internationally. Additionally, the cooperation between the Centre for eHealth, I4Helse, the School of Business and Law at UiA and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) will be further developed.
Managing the researcher community will be an important part of the new head’s work, as well as recruiting and building up the centre’s expertise. Andersen believes Prinz’s previous experiences from the university will be important in this work.
“Andreas Prinz is known as a creative, cooperative and visionary colleague, and I believe and hope that he will further strengthen the colleagues that are already doing a formidable effort at the Centre for eHealth,” Andersen says.
Recently, the Centre for eHealth adopted a new strategy. It states that the centre’s vision is practical, user-centred research and needs-oriented development of great academic quality. This way, the centre will contribute to better and more effective solutions that can provide safety, social contact, care and quality of life in people’s everyday life.