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Research methods in innovation processes for digital health technology

The course is arranged by the University of Southern Denmark and the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN), see https://citris-uc.org/telehealth/project/transatlantic-telehealth-research-network/

Aim:
The aim of the course is twofold:

1) to give a comprehensive introduction to research methods used in the different phases of the innovation process for digital health technologies such as telehealth, home monitoring, mHealth, video consultation, artificial intelligence, electronic health record systems, POCT (Point of Care Testing) devices etc. and
2) to give students the possibility to create networks with other Danish and international PhD students and international researcher. Thus, students will during the course learn about relevant research methods and their strengths and weaknesses in the design, assessment and implementation of digital health technologies. During the course the students will examine the possibilities for using the methods in their own PhD project.

The course will have special focus on research methods used in assessment of the outcomes and value of digital health technologies and on the implementation of these technologies in healthcare organizations. Thus, the course will give students tools to ensure that new health technologies are implemented and adopted in healthcare in practice and used in large scale. Different types of research methods and designs in assessment of clinical outcomes, patient perception, health economics and organizational impact will be discussed during the course.

Content:

Day 1: Introduction and overview of the phases in the innovation process.

Day 2: Research methods in the design and development of digital health technologies.

Day 3: Research methods used in multidisciplinary assessment of the value of digital health technologies.

Day 4: Research methods used in implementation and integration of digital health technologies.

Day 5: Workshop: Discussion of use of the methods in the PhD projects.

Each day a researcher from the hospital will present the research behind the development, assessment and implementation of a digital health technology used in the clinical departments at the hospital. A social program will also be made including visits to the city of Odense, sailing on the river Odense Å, visits to Robot Cluster (the largest group of robot producing companies in Denmark) and local restaurants.

Course chairs:
Kristian Kidholm, associate professor, Center for Innovative Medical Technology, SDU
Birthe Irene Dinesen, professor, Department of Health Science and Technology, AAU

Lecturers:
Nick Anderson, professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis
Kathy Kim, assistant professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis
Jim Marcin, professor, Director Center for Health and Technology, UC Davis
Timothy Hale, associate Director, Harvard Medical School
Anne Kirstine Dyrvig, Ph.D., Center for Clinical Epidemiology, OUH
Mette Rothman, associate professor, Department of Clinical Research, SDU
Knud Yderstræde, associate professor, Department of Clinical Research, SDU
Lars Dittman, Professor, Department of Photonics Engineering, Danish Technical University
Kristian Kidholm, associate professor, Center for Innovative Medical Technology, SDU
Birthe Irene Dinesen, professor, Department of Health Science and Technology, AAU

Course teaching methods:
We will combine lectures, group discussions, and analytical exercises. The fifth day of the course will take form as a workshop where the participants present their own project and their use of research methods from the course and receive feedback from fellow participants and teachers.   

Participants:
The course is relevant for PhD students doing projects on design, assessment or implementation of digital health technologies. The course is also relevant for PhD students studying methodological aspects of health technologies in general. The course is interdisciplinary and relevant for students from medical, technical and social science faculties. Participants must submit a five page paper one week before the course about a research question related to their PhD project and feedback will be given during the course ( template will be provided).

Credits:
4 ECTS credits. 

Venue:
The course takes place at Odense University Hospital, in Odense, Denmark.

Price:  
The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled at the Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU. 
For students from other universities from Denmark, collaborating US universities from TTRN or elsewhere the course fee is DKK 2,300 (or 360 US$).

Detailed course description can be found here: https://cimt.dk/gb/forskning/