Welfare technology

Research Centre for Health and Welfare Technology

About the research

  • Research areas

    We develop knowledge about the use of technology across professions.

    Prevention of hospital admissions or re-admissions 

    There are significant human and economic costs connected to inappropriate admissions or re-admissions to the hospital. We work with doctors, municipalities and hospitals to investigate how re-admissions can be prevented. We look at:
    • The use of big (health) data
    • Home monitoring
    • Early detection 

    Everyday life with health technology

    Citizens with disabilities need assistive devices that make them more self-reliant.. Technological solutions can improve everyday life by compensating for physical, psychological and cognitive challenges. But what is daily life like for people who use this technology? And can technology improve working environments for healthcare professionals and welfare workers? We look at:

    • Improving design methods for the development of assistive devices
    • Improving healthcare technology in connection with acute, long-term or chronic illness
    • Using technology after brain damage or other neurological disorders
    • How relatives of users of healthcare technology experience everyday life. 

    Improving transitions in healthcare

    Patients are being discharged from hospital earlier than before, creating a need to organize the healthcare sector in new ways. This can mean that patients are treated in their own homes, using assistive devices. Working procedures and conditions for healthcare professionals should be adapted in order to utilise resources in the best possible way and provide quality-assured care.

  • Selected projects

    Our projects look at developing and using technology in practice.

    REHabillitation APPlication (REHAPP)

    The project REHAPP developed and tested a computer program that supports the rehabilitation of patients who have undergone hip arthroscopy. The computer program is a telemedicine solution with digital video tutorials. It reports back on training compliance and the patient's pain experience for healthcare professionals. The project is being carried out in collaboration with Horsens Hospital and Trifork A / S

    Funding: The Foundation for Practice Innovation

    Project Period: September 2013 - December 2015

    Project manager

    Claus Sevel, associate professor

    Improved bladder irrigation

    The project looks to develop and implement an improved method for removing clots in the bladder,so-called bladder irrigation. The aim is to develop a functional prototype to enhance patient safety and simultaneously help healthcare professionals work ergonomically. The prototype can be developed for the market. The project is carried out in cooperation with Viborg Hospital.

    Funding:The Foundation for Practice Innovation. 

    Project period: January 2014 - December 2014


    Martin Møhl, assistant professor

  • Researchers

    Contact the researchers

    Lars Peter Bech Kjeldsen, Head of Center

    VIA Faculty of Health Sciences
    T: +45 87 55 29 74
    E: redp@via.dk

    Research specialisation
    • Sociological theory and methods – with particular focus on fieldwork

    Bodil Sørensen, Associate Professor, PhD

    VIA Nursing
    T: +45 87 55 20 64
    E: boso@via.dk
    Academic profile

    Research specialisation:
    • Health Technology
    • Everyday Life
    • Prevention of admissions

    See an overview of the researchers

  • Partners

    We co-operate with public and private companies in Denmark and internationally.


    • CISS, Aalborg Universitet
    • DTU Compute, DTU
    • Guldmann A/S
    • Hospitalsenheden Horsens
    • Horsens Kommune
    • Egmont Højskolen
    • Region Midtjylland
    • Regionshospital Viborg
    • Aarhus Kommune
    • ComCo Aps
    • Præsthøjgården, Sundhedscenter, Horsens
    • BoDøgn, Horsens Kommune
    • Silkeborg Kommune, Sundhed og Omsorg
    • MTIC
    • Respirationscenter Vest
    • Aarhus Universitetshospital


    • York Universitet, UK
    • Balidea, Spain
    • CESGA, Spain 
    • HAMK, Hämeenlinna, Finland
    • BCU, Beijing FEEVALE
    • Novo Hamburgo, Brasilien

    If you would like to co-operate with us, contact centre management, or send a mail to: sundhedvelfaerd@via.dk .

  • For students

    VIA offers a variety of opportunities for students who want to gain experience in research and development.

    Get guidance and sparring

    As a VIA student, you’ll have the opportunity to receive guidance and coaching in projects during your studies and for your bachelor project. Employees at VIA Health- & Welfare Technology can act as a sounding board within the centre’s disciplines.

    You can get help:
    • Choosing designs or methods
    • Collecting or analysing data 
    • Constructing systems
    • Co-operating with private or public companies

    Participate in concrete projects

    Students at VIA are expected and encouraged to participate in research and development. At VIA Health- and Welfare Technology, we offer opportunities to gain experience in areas such as health promotion, rehabilitation, health- and welfare technology. You are always welcome to contact centre staff.

    Share your knowledge

    As a student, you’ll be offered help to disseminate your knowledge to other students and professional networks. The research centre staff also shares knowledge with VIA’s programmes via seminars, conferences and workshops as well as articles and reports.

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