After leaving secondary school I was trained as a doctor’s assistant at a General Practitioner. After three years of training, I worked for another five years in my profession at a Urologist. It was not before 2005 that I started my studies in Media Informatics at TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, in which Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an integral component of the curriculum. From 2012 to 2018 I was working part-time as research assistant in Media Informatics and as programme coordinator of the master programme Web Science at TH Köln in Germany, while being an external PhD student in HCI at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
My PhD research focused on Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records (PAEHR) in Sweden and investigated both, the perspectives of physicians and experiences of patients in relation to PAEHR. The aim is to contribute with an increased understanding of the complexities of developing eHealth services for patients and the challenges in relation to human-centred design. I was supervised by Jan Gulliksen (KTH), Åke Walldius (KTH), Gerhard Hartmann (TH Köln), and Åsa Cajander (Uppsala University). In November 2018, I successfully defended my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.