Christiane Grünloh

Senior Researcher eHealth

After leaving secondary school I was trained as a medical 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, in which I investigated the opportunities and challenges of patients accessing their electronic health records, especially in relation to human values, patient participation, and the doctor-patient relationship. In October 2019 I joined the eHealth group at Roessingh Research & Development in Enschede (The Netherlands) as senior researcher.


since Oct 2019
Senior researcher
eHealth group
Roessingh Research & Development (RRD)
Enschede, The Netherlands

Jan 2019 – Sep 2019

Oct 2008 – Dec 2018
Research assistant in Media Informatics
Programme Coordinator Web Science
TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Mar 2007 – Feb 2008
Student assistant in Media Informatics
TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Aug 1999 – Aug 2004
Doctor’s assistant
Dr. med. Middelberg, Urologist in Meppen, Germany

Aug 1996 – Jul 1999
Trainee as a Doctor’s assistant
Dr. med. Wegener, General Practitioner in Lengerich, Germany


2012 – 2018
PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (Teknologie doktor)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

2012 – 2016
Licentiate of Engineering in Human-Computer Interaction 
(Teknologie licentiatexamen)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

2008 – 2010
Master of Science in Media Informatics
TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany

2005 – 2008
Bachelor of Science in Media Informatics
TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany

2004 – 2005
Advanced Technical Certificate
Vocational College, Cologne, Germany

1996 – 1999
Doctor’s assistant
Vocational School, Meppen, Germany


I am a member of the following research groups:

DOME Consortium
DOME (Development of Online Medical Records and E-health services) is a collaborative consortium between Karlstad University, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Lund, University of Skövde, Uppsala University, and Örebro University. The purpose of the DOME consortium is to build knowledge about the development and use of eHealth services and is based on studies of e-health projects.

Human, Technology & Organisation (HTO)
HTO (Human, Technology & Organisation) is a research group that studies the relationships and dynamics of Health, Technology, and Organisation with the goal of creating knowledge that support sustainable development and utilization of ICT.

Digitalisation and the Effect on the Work Environment of Nurses (DISA)
DISA is a research project which investigates the question, how digitalisation has affected the work environment of nurses, including health and well-being, control over the work situation, effects on operational quality, and communication with patients and others stakeholders. The project started in October 2016 and investigates the aforementioned areas from a socio-technical and gender perspective. The project team is multidisciplinary and includes members from the DOME consortium. The project is done in collaboration with the county council in Uppsala, and especially the EPJ division and is funded by Forte.


Guest lectures

  • Telemedicine and Data Analysis for Monitoring 2019/20 (University of Twente)
    Guest lecture on User Research and Requirements Engineering

Teaching assignments in Media Informatics (in conjunction with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hartmann):

  • Introduction to Media Informatics
    2010-2018, winter term
    in conjunction with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hartmann
  • Human-Computer Interaction
    2010-2015, summer term
  • “Measuring” User Experience
    2010-2011, winter term, optional course
  • Human Centered Design and Design Thinking
    2010-2011, summer term, optional course
  • Design for User Experience
    2012, 2014, winter term, optional course
  • Development Project Interactive Systems
    2008-2009, winter and summer term

In addition I supervised students as a mentor:

  • Practical Project Seminar
    2010-2018, summer and winter term
  • General Course Guidance
    2008-2018, programmes: Media Informatics and Web Science

I was contracted as a lecturer in the master programme Web Science:

  • Research Methods
    2017-2018, summer term
  • Master Thesis Seminar
    2016-2018, summer and winter term
  • Media Psychology
    2013-2016, summer term

Previous contracts as assistant lecturer in the master programme Business Informatics:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
    2012-2014, summer term, with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hartmann
  • Multimedia Information Systems
    2011-2013, winter term, with Prof. Dr. Kristian Fischer
Professional Activities

Peer Review Activities

Event Organization

  • Uppsala Health Summit in Uppsala (Sweden), 2018
    Workshop on the use of existing data in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer; organised together with Åsa Cajander and Jonas Moll. See workshop description in this pre-conference report.
  • World Usability Day in Cologne (Germany), 2010-2016
  • Girls’ Day at TH Köln (Germany), Workshop Media Informatics, 2009-2014

    Nation-wide career orientation project for female students of 10 years upwards, which aims to change the attitude regarding occupations that may be seen as rather male-dominated.

University Activities

  • Member of the programme board Web Science — since its establishment in July 2009
  • Member of appointments committee „Informatics: Computer Graphics“ — 2013/14
  • Member of appointments committee „Informatics: Sociotechnical Systems“ — 2013/14
  • Member of committee for the development and design of a new master programme — 2009-2011
    The programme Web Science was accredited in 2011 by AQAS and has been offered since winter term 2011.

Professional development

Socia Media Activities

I am contributing and administrating several university and research accounts on social media as well as being active on social media with my personal accounts:


For the following master theses in Web Science, I was the assistant supervisor:

  • Magdalena Abels: An integrated approach to create User Experience using emotional schemata and customer journey mapping (2018)
  • Julia Becht: Conceptualization of an Integrated Approach for Designing (for) User Experience based on an Empirical Analysis at the Engineering Company TRUMPF (2018)
  • Katherine Sears: An Exploratory Study of Fake News on Social Media: A Comparison of Facebook and Twitter (2018)
  • Yuwen Lin: Promoting healthy eating choices and physical activities by developing a mobile application conceptually (2018)
  • Georg Schröder
: Designing Worth in a Connected World: A Conceptual Approach for Participatory Design with a Focus on Values (2017)
  • Adeteju Enunwa
: Determinants and Success Factors that Influence the User Adoption of Mobile Payments in Germany (2017)
  • Lisa Kampert: 
A Conceptual UX Design Approach for Interactive Systems with Focus on Cross-Devise Use (2017)
  • Jörn Werner
: Conceptualisation and Assessment of a Mobile Public Communication Support System in Emergency Situations (2017)
  • Aylin Boecker
: Regulations for Multi-Sided Platforms in the Sharing Economy – Conceptualisation of a Framework With Regard to Regulations for IT-Enabled Business Models on the Example of Airbnb in Cologne (2016)
  • Justin Cann
: A Worth-Centred Design Approach for a Mobile Browsing Experience for the Visually Impaired (2016)
  • Xiao Zhu
: Conceptualisation and Realisation of a performance management process applied to a product marketing web site (2015)
  • Juan Wang
: Enterprise Social Network Systems: Interaction Design for Effective Collaboration and Group Awareness (2015)