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Martin Wulf Gerdes disputerer for ph.d.-graden med avhandlingen “Holistic System Design for Distributed National eHealth Services” onsdag 3. april 2019.

This project covers the design, development and evaluation of a reference solution for integrated eHealth services and applications targeting remote monitoring and decision support in telehealth and telecare.

Martin Wulf Gerdes

Ph.d.-kandidat og universitetslektor

Universitetslektor og ph.d.-kandidat Martin Wulf Gerdes disputerer for ph.d.-graden med avhandlingen “Holistic System Design for Distributed National eHealth Services” onsdag 3. april 2019.

Forskningen bak utviklingen av et helhetlig fjernomsorgs-opplegg hvor spesial-sykepleiere passer på pasienter med kroniske sykdommer som er hjemmeboende, via fjernstyrt elektronisk utstyr som både overvåker pasientens tilstand og kan brukes til å innhente hjelp i behandlingen via for eksempel telemedisin.

Martin Wulf Gerdes har fulgt doktorgradsprogrammet ved Fakultet for teknologi og realfag med spesialisering i IKT.

Slik beskriver kandidaten selv essensen i avhandlingen:

“Holistic System Design for Distributed National eHealth Services”

The ongoing process of “Digital Revolution” turns societies around the globe into “Information Societies”.

The dynamic development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) reaches all facets of private and professional life, we are surrounded by portable connected devices, machines, and gadgets forming an “Internet of Things (IoT)”, and “Artificial Intelligence (AI)” bears huge opportunities as well as risks for many areas. We are in a “Digital Age” or “Information Age”, that affects all aspects of social organization, including particularly the health sector.

eHealth allows chronic patients a highquality of life

eHealth systems and services utilizing information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential to increase the efficiency of professional and informal caretakers when monitoring the healthcare status and assistance needs of patients and their relatives.

Patients with chronic diseases and age related medical conditions receive support through technologies that allow them to live independently and securely with a high quality of life (QoL). Independent from the public health systems, further services and applications are emerging to promote individual fitness and wellness goals to maintain a healthy life style.

A reference solution

This project covers the design, development and evaluation of a reference solution for integrated eHealth services and applications targeting remote monitoring and decision support in telehealth and telecare.

The different types of stakeholders involved in such a solution – healthcare nurses, doctors, IT specialists, system developers, researchers, and the patients – and the required multi-disciplinary research cooperation in different phases of the project, have been a specific challenge and focus of the work.

Field-trial revealed insights

For the evaluation of the conceptual solution, a prototype system providing applications and services for the remote monitoring of home living patients with chronic diseases has been designed.

A field trial with more than 100 patients in South-Norway has revealed insights about the technical solution and the support for specialized nurses taking care remotely for their patients.

Disputasfakta:

Kandidaten: Martin Wulf Gerdes (1969, Kiel, Tyskland): Utdannet ved Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen (Technical University of Aachen) som „Dipl. Ing.” = Engineering Diploma in General Electrical Engineering i 1998 (På det tidspunktet hadde Tyskland ikke implementert BA- og MA-grader, the Dipl.Ing. holdt (minst) nivået til dagens mastergrad). Stipendiat (2012 - 2016), fra 2016 universuitetslektor og forsker i fast, full stilling ved UiA.

Prøveforelesning og disputas finner sted i Rom C2 040, Campus Grimstad, onsdag 3. april 2019

Disputasen blir ledet av visedekan, dosent Rein Terje Thorstensen

Prøveforelesning kl 10:15

Disputas kl 12:15

Oppgitt emne for prøveforelesning: “Machine Intelligence in Health Applications: Technical Needs from a Design Science Perspective”

Tittel på avhandling: “Holistic System Design for Distributed National eHealth Services”

Søk etter avhandlingen i AURA - Agder University Research Archive, som er et digitalt arkiv for vitenskapelige artikler, avhandlinger og masteroppgaver fra ansatte og studenter ved Universitetet i Agder. AURA blir jevnlig oppdatert. Avhandlingen vil være tilgjengelig til utlån ved Universitetsbiblioteket. Det vil bli også lagt ut noen eksemplarer av avhandlingen til utlån i lokalet hvor disputasen finner sted.

Opponenter:

Førsteopponent: Professor Kåre Synnes, Luleå tekniska universitet

Annenopponent: Professor Dr. Martine Herpers, Hochschule Fulda (University of Applied Sciences)

Bedømmelseskomitéen er ledet av førsteamanuensis Morten Goodwin, UiA

Veiledere i doktorgradsarbeidet var Rune Werner Fensli (hovedveileder) og Andreas Fasbender (ekstern) (bi-veileder)