CIMT has grown to become a strong research unit for innovative medical technology between Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark. The PhD group has appoximately 15 members and several Danish and international researchers and experts are a part of CIMTs activities.

This makes CIMT the largest research centre for innovative technology and telemedicine in Denmark.

One of the challenges for a research centre as CIMT is that our field of research “innovative medical technology” is very broad. At the moment our research is primarily focused on telemedicine interventions but also other areas such as health apps and health IT systems that are not telemedicine are part of our field of research.

Another challenge is that new medical technologies have many types of effect; there are/can be clinical effects on the health of patients, effects on the patient experience and satisfaction, effects related to staff, work flows and work environment, technical effects such as integration to other IT systems, effects regarding patient and data safety, and not least economic, ethical and legal consequences related to implementation of a new IT system.
For this reason, the staff and researchers in CIMT come from a varied professional background including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, engineers, economers and MA’s in public health and the humanities. This causes a lot of interesting discussions and the questioning of methods and approaches that appear obvious to some while curious to others. While this can be demanding for the researchers it is the main reason for the strength and dynamics of CIMT.

The research areas of CIMT are wide and can cover anything related to health technology, but the main areas are:

  • Evaluating and documenting clinical effects of telemedicine and other new health technologies
  • Research centred on the patient experiences related to health technology
  • Economic evaluation of telemedicine/new technology
  • Organisational studies
  • MAST – multidisciplinary evaluation of telemedicine (read more)
  • Participatory Design studies
  • Methods for evaluation of integrated care solutions/cross-sector IT solutions for healthcare


Heads of research

CIMT has appointed three heads of research for the clinical, socio-economic  and techinical areas respectively.

Heads of research:

Other researchers in CIMT

A number of researchers are associated with CIMT in various constellations; associated with contracted obligations financed by CIMT’sresearch funds, PhD students whose projects involve hospital departments, association with CIMT research activities through international projects, visiting or associated professorships at University of Southern Denmark, to name a few.

Some of the researchers are employed in the operational units at Odense University Hospital where they perform tasks related to the HTA, innovation and implementation projects, while senior researchers primarily are associated with CIMT in addition to positions in clinical departments or the university to contribute with their knowledge and counsel in the initiation and execution of research projects.

The CIMT network counts a large group of PhD students (minimum 15 students have been in the network since 2014) who are working on health technology projects from various perspectives; clinical, economic, organisational and technical depending on their background and field of interest.

Click here to see the list  of PhD students in the CIMT network


Senior researchers employed partly by CIMT

  • Professor Jan Stener Jørgensen, Chief Obstetrician, Dept. of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Odense University Hospital
  • Professor Henning Beck-Nielsen, Chief physician, Department of Endocrinology , professor at the Clinical Institute (University of Southern Denmark), Head of the Endocrine Elite Research Centre at OUH.
  • Bjarke Lund Sørensen, associated professor, Dept. of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Odense University Hospital
  • Professor Klaus Ejner Andersen, Chief physician, Dept. of Dermatology and Allergy, Odense Odense University Hospital
  • Knud Yderstraede, associate professor, chief physician, Dept. of Endocrinology, Clinical Institute, Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
  • Robin Kok, assistant professor of eHealth at the department of psychology at the University of Southern Denmark and a visiting researcher at the department of Clinical-, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology  of VU University Amsterdam.

  • Mette Juel Rothmann, clinical nursing researcher, PhD (RN and Master of Public Health), Dept. of Medical Endocrinology, OUH and assistant professor i nursing research at University of Southern Denmark.


Other researchers employed at the hospital and university with connection to CIMT:

  • Mette Maria Skjøth, PhD, Innovation Consultant, Odense University Hospital. Mette Maria is partly employed by OUH and partly by the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education to strengthen the collaboration between the two institution, for example by making innovation a natural part of the curriculum for students and by bringing innovative ideas and projects from the students to OUH for testing and further development.
  • Dorthe Boe Danbjørg, assistant professor and head of the Master of Nursing programme at the University of Southern Denmark. Dorthe is also partly employed by the Dept. of Hematology at OUH where she’s in charge of initiating clinical research projects with a special focus on the use of innovative technology in the patient treatment and communication.
  • Iben Fasterholdt, PhD student, HTA consultant at Odense University Hospital
  • Anne Sorknæs, Research nurse, PhD, Post doc, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Odense University Hospital Svendborg Sygehus. Part of the steering group for the ‘Telemedicine lab’ at OUH Svendborg Hospital.


International researchers and experts with association to CIMT

  • Ronald Dixon, MD, MA in Clinical Neuropsychology, Medical Director at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Founder and Director of “MGH Virtual Visits” and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.
    Adjunct associate professor of telemedicine in CIMT and the Department of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark from Dec. 2015 – Nov. 2020.
  • Anthony Smith (PhD (Medicine), MEd. (Adult & Workplace Training), BNurs., RN). Dr. Smith is associate professor and deputy director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
    Associate professor of telemedicine in CIMT and the Department of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark.Duration of professorship: Oct. 2014 – Sept 2019.
  • Josep Roca, Adjunct professor in Innovative Medical Technology. MD, PhD., director of the Lung Function Unit at the Hospital Clinic (Barcelona), professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona. Associate professor of innovative medical technology in CIMT and the Department of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark from Sept. 2015 – Aug 2020.
  • Hal Wolf, Visiting professor, the Maersh Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark. Hal Wolf is an internationally respected health care and informatics executive; a leading authority on integrated care models and mHealth product development and implementation. Former Sr. VP in the Kaiser Permanente Federation. CEO of Wolf Healthcare Innovations and Senior Adviser at McKinsey & Co.
  • Kevin Dean, Visiting professor, the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark. Kevin Dean has worked with innovative technology in healthcare, research and life sciences for more than 20 years. For 14 years Kevin led Cisco’s innovation team focused on healthcare and life sciences. Kevin is currently Managing Director in Smart Health Science Ltd, Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe, Senior Innovation Associate for Healthcare at The Young Foundation (UK), Director & Chair of the Data Advisory Committee of Genomics England Limited, a new company set up by the Department of Health to help deliver the “100,000 Genome Project” first announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in December 2012.
  • Heleen Riper (professor, PhD). Associated professor in eMental Health and clinical psychology at the Centre for Telepsychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark and the Clinical Institute at the University of Southern Denmark. Currently employed at the VU University Amsterdam and the Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.



Kristian Kidholm, Head of Socio-Economic Research

Jane Clemensen, Head of Clinical Research

Uffe Kock Wiil, Head of Technical Research

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