Illustration: postdoc project

Connect 2.0:

Flexible Collaborative Networks and Patient Provider Partnerships in Health Care

Time period (Work packages 2-4)

May 2013 – May 2015 


The Norwegian Research Council (NRC)

VERDIKT grant #201512

About the project

The project has a goal to promote timely, secure and seamless collaboration between chronically ill patients and different level of care. The project use a device-independent, mobile, multifunctional Internet platform called Connect 2.0 as a model case. By integrating core concepts from the Shared-Decision Making Model and Chronic Care Model, the purpose of Connect 2.0 is to improve collaborative patient-provider partnerships, self-management, patient outcomes, continuity of care, lower utilization of specialist care and costs. Project raises a series of new socio-technical challenges and research questions, which are addressed by using numerous theoretical models and perspectives such as User-Centered Design, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, and the RE-AIM framework.

One of the main goals of the research project is to expand mobility and multi-functionality of the Connect 2.0 platform through utilizing emerging features of mobile technology. The plan is to enhance the existing mobile Connect 2.0 application with new and more intuitive user interfaces and leverage multimedia content display and creation. By extending Connect with social and rich media the goal is to open new, always available, and more flexible patient communication systems while still keeping personal data secure.

Project parts: Connect 2.0 consists of the 5 work packages with the objectives to answer research questions related to: (1) the current state of collaborative health care models and their utilization of ICT-related research and innovations; challenges related to (2) embedding mobile Internet and rich media into mobile Connect 2.0; (3) human-computer interaction, (4) security and connectivity in heterogeneous networks; and (5) integration of Connect 2.0 into the technical and organizational infrastructure and work processes of complex health care environments. The postdoc project is involved in WP 2-4.


Professor Cornelia Ruland and Haakon Bryni


Published so far:

  • Mirkovic, J., & Bryhni, H. (2013). Development, Integration, and Deployment of Mobile Information Services in Healthcare: Usability and Security Challenges and Opportunities. In C. Rückemann (Ed.), Integrated Information and Computing Systems for Natural, Spatial, and Social Sciences (pp. 242-261). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-2190-9.ch012  link
  • Mirkovic, J. (2013). Utilizing Emerging Technologies to Promote more Efficient Face-to-face Patient – Clinician Communication. Proceedings of 2nd Workshop on Computer Mediated Social Offline Interactions, September 08 - 12 2013, Zurich, Switzerland. In press

Names of other researchers and cooperation partners:

  • Haakon Bryhni, PhD, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Eva Skipenes, MS, Innovation and Implementation (Health Services Development), Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine
  • Ellen Kristiansen, Prevention and Self-management (Personal Health Systems), Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine
  • David Kaufman, PhD, Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, United States
  • Balsfjord kommune


  • Haakon Bryhni