Department for Patient Pathways

We are studying how digital solutions can pave the way for uniform patient pathways. Technological, semantic and organisational interaction is challenging in the health service, and we are looking at the electronic health record as a collaboration tool. We investigate how strategies for introduction, standardisation and work processes affect quality. We are researching prerequisites for and effects of digitalisation, and we want to understand the complex interplay between technology and health services.

Patient pathways and better information flow

In order for the population to receive coordinated services, patient pathways must fall under joint reference frameworks for actors in the health and care services. Patient pathways also include the patient’s wants and need for health services beyond the specialist health service.

E-health solutions offer better communication between actors in the specialist health care. It gives more people access to good health services and society’s resources are used better.


With the support of ICT, research on collaboration and patient pathways intends to develop organisational models for communication and data management that can promote the triple goal of improved health and functioning of patients, improved patient experiences and solutions that provide cost-efficient health services.

Research must consider that the need for health services can vary greatly among patients. Particularly challenges of people with long-term and complex needs. Special focus is on the 10 % of patients with complex and long-term needs, who use two thirds of the health service's resources. The objective of the research is to produce information that realises the goal of a patient-centred, coordinated, proactive and planned service that offers a point of contact for patients with complex and long-term needs, and support multi-professional teams.

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This page was last updated:

25 November 2021

For more information, contact:

Department employees

Name Title Telephone(s)
Reza Baharmand Consultant 405 92 939
Espen Nordheim Advisor +47 47276779
Marte Broks Adviser 975 63 802
Aslak Steinsbekk Professor 415 59 076
Berglind Smaradottir Senior Researcher 952 36 625
Ove Lintvedt Researcher 948 03 188
Torbjørn Torsvik Researcher 413 45 065
Omid Saadatfard PhD Candidate 477 36 492
Asbjørn Johansen Fagerlund Senior Researcher 976 04 709
Kristian Malm-Nicolaisen PhD Candidate 950 59 001
Rune Pedersen Director Patient Pathways 996 38 558
Luis Marco Ruiz Senior Researcher 414 41 113
Line Silsand Senior Researcher 913 35 053
Gunnar Ellingsen Professor 911 65 215
Gro-Hilde Severinsen Researcher 901 99 457
Gro Berntsen Professor 905 18 895
Anne Granstrøm Ekeland Professor 952 66 791