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Vivian Vimarlund

Professor Emerita

I am Professor emerita in Informatics at the School of Engineering and Technology,. Since 1994 I have conducted research within the area of Health Informatics.


My Research

Since 1994 I have conducted research within the area of Health Informatics with special focus on issues such as: a) eHealth b) Methods and models to evaluate the impact of the implementation and use of eHealth innovations.

My current research focus is on how to develop sustainable ecosystems and two-sided e-health markets with special focus on the necessity of creating strategies, developing policies and innovative business models that sustain this type of markets.

Contribution to Science

I have contributed to the area of health informatics by combining approaches from economics to the area of Health Informatics and developing models and frameworks to be used when developing, implementing, and using information and communications technology (ICT) - based innovations for healthcare and social care organisations. The models and frameworks developed have a multidisciplinary character. They emphasize the interactions between ICT, human, and socio-economic aspects. They also make it possible to provide insights into problems that have forced organisations to examine criteria for whether and when to invest resources, i.e., multiple competitive interventions.

An important focus of the scientific publications has consequently been on (i) capturing the socio-economic impacts of the implementation and use of ICT-based innovations in complex organisations such as health and social care (ii) how eHealth services can accelerate innovativeness and organisational renewal (iii) the identification of innovative business models for two-sided eHealth markets (iv) how to capture and identify socio-economic value of eHealth policies.

The models and frameworks developed have been used and referred to in several scientific peer-reviewed publications. They are also used for education and training for doctoral candidates in several countries.

Management and Leadership

I have a wide experience in management and leadership. Academic leadership has being practiced as: (i) Member of AMIA, the American Medical Informatics´ mentorship programme, (ii) co-director of the master programme Software Engineering and Management at Linköping University, (iii) Head of the discipline of Informatics, (iv) Scientific Secretary at SFMI, (v) the Swedish project leader for the project eHealth Research Network, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and OECD, and as (vi) Gender Lecturer for the Technical School at Linköping University with the responsibility to renew and integrate equal opportunities and gender issues in education and research. As gender lecturer for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Institute of Technology, I have coordinated educational activities and developed courses aimed to integrate gender and equality in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas.

I am a reviewer for numerous journals and conferences as well as SPC member in the fields of health and medical informatics. I am also an evaluator for a number of national grants offices and international research councils (EU, Norway Research Council, and Mitacs Canada).

I have been a member of the Examination Committee, external evaluator and opponent for several PhD and licentiate candidates. I have also been responsible for the evaluation of numerous lecturer and professorships positions in Sweden, USA, Canada, Europe, South Arabia, and the Nordic countries.

My research has been awarded both in USA and Europe.

My background in brief

Academic degrees

  • Professor in Informatics at Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, IDA, since 2009.
  • Associate professor, Docent in Economic Information Systems, Linköping
    University, Sweden, 2002.
  • Post-doctoral degree, 1999-2000, University of Davis, California
  • Ph.D. in Informatics, Linköping University, Sweden, 1999-10-07.
    Thesis title: "An Economic Perspective on the Analysis of Impacts of Information Technology. From Case Studies in Healthcare towards General Models and Theories"
    Dissertation N. 597. Linköping Studies in Science and Technology.
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Linköping University, Sweden, 1995.
    Master Thesis title: "A Societal Economic Analysis of Social Costs and Benefits of The Smoke Free Hospital at the University Hospital in Linkoping. Sweden".
  • Degree of Bachelor of Science B.Sc. in Public Administration: Public Finance and Accounting, Linköping University, Sweden, 1994.
    Final Paper title: Relationship between the Proportions of Women and Salaries.

Principal Honors and Awards

I have received several awards for broadening the field of computer and information science and for developing theoretical approaches that can be used to evaluate the impact of the implementation and use of IT-based innovations in healthcare and to capture the value of e-Health services.

  • August 1998 The Great Gold Medal for Best Scientific Paper at the 9th World Congress on Medical Informatics, "Medinfo' 98". Korea.
  • November 1996 Finalist Student Paper Competition at AMIA: (American Medical Informatics Association). Annual Fall Symposium. Washington D.C.
  • October 2000 The Lawson Grant, for Broadening the Field of Computer and Information Science and for international recognition as Ph.D. student. Sweden
  • 1994 Best Final Paper Award (SSR) Sweden. Best final paper in economics in Sweden

Pedagogical education

  • Academic Leadership (Ledarutveckling) Linköpings universitet, 2011
  • Academic Leadership (Ledarutveckling for kvinnliga forskare- AIDAs national project, supported by SUHF and with the purpose to create the opportunity for women to reach higher positions in academia) 2002, 2003, and 2006.
  • Leadership at Leadership Management International, 2003.
  • Leadership in undergraduate education (sw: Pedagogisk ledarskap) from the Centrum for Universitetspedagogik, Linköpings universitet, 2002.
  • Leadership for graduate students (sw: Forskarhandledning) from the Centrum for Universitetspedagogik, Linköpings universitet, 2000.
  • Base group tutor for problem based-learning (sw: Basgruppshandledarkurs) from the Centrum for Universitetspedagogik, Linköpings universitet, 1999.


Selected publications

Koch S , Vimarlund V. (2022) Citizens' Use of eHealth Services During COVID-19 in Relation to National Policy Goals. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Ebook. Volume 295: Advances in Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare, Pages 12 – 15 DOI10.3233/SHTI220647.

Vimarlund V. (2019) Promoting Equity by Gender into the Classroom: Lessons learned from the development and implementation of a Web-based course. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, Vol.10, No.3.

Vimarlund V (2016) E-Health Two-Side Markets: Implementation and Business Models. (Ed) Vimarlund V, Elsevier.

List of publications


Hongxia Li, Weixing Wang, Mengfei Wang, Limin Li, Vivian Vimarlund (2022) A review of deep learning methods for pixel-level crack detection Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition), Vol. 9, p. 945-968 Continue to DOI
Luis Fernandez-Luque, Andre W. Kushniruk, Andrew Georgiou, Arindam Basu, Carolyn Petersen, Charlene Ronquillo, Chris Paton, Christian Nohr, Craig E. Kuziemsky, Dari Alhuwail, Diane Skiba, Elaine Huesing, Elia Gabarron, Elizabeth M. Borycki, Farah Magrabi, Kerstin Denecke, Linda W. P. Peute, Max Topaz, Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Paulette Lacroix, Romaric Marcilly, Ronald Cornet, Shashi B. Gogia, Shinji Kobayashi, Sriram Iyengar, Thomas M. Deserno, Tobias Mettler, Vivian Vimarlund, Xinxin Zhu (2022) Evidence-Based Health Informatics as the Foundation for the COVID-19 Response: A Joint Call for Action Methods of Information in Medicine, Vol. 59, p. 183-192 Continue to DOI


Elizabeth M. Borycki, Andre W. Kushniruk, Ryan Kletke, Vivian Vimarlund, Yalini Senathirajah, Yuri Quintana (2021) Enhancing Safety During a Pandemic Using Virtual Care Remote Monitoring Technologies and UML Modeling IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, Vol. 30, p. 264-271 Continue to DOI
Vivian Vimarlund, Elizabeth M. Borycki, Andre W. Kushniruk, Kerstin Avenberg (2021) Ambient Assisted Living: Identifying New Challenges and Needs for Digital Technologies and Service Innovation IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, Vol. 30, p. 141-149 Continue to DOI
Vivian Vimarlund, Nicolas Nikula, Christian Nohr (2021) Business models and eHealth social innovations for social care services: Serving the two sides of the market Health Policy and Technology, Vol. 10, Article 100555 Continue to DOI

Academic supervising experience

PhD students

• Sofie Wass. Main Supervisor Title of the Doctoral Thesis: The importance of eHealth innovations: Lessons about patient accessible information JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470; 117.

• Bahlol Rahimi: Main supervisor. Title of the Doctoral Thesis: “Supporting Collaborative Work through ICT - How End-users Think of and Adopt Integrated Health Information Systems”. Dissertation No. 1268. ISBN 978-91-7393-550-5. Linköping Studies in Science and Technology, Linköping University, Linköping

• Jörgen Skågeby: Main supervisor. Title of the Doctoral Thesis:” Gifting technologies: ethnographic studies of end-users and social media sharing”. Dissertation No 1185, 2008. ISBN978-91-7393-892-1.

• Jonas Lundberg: Co-supervisor. Title of the Doctoral Thesis: “Shaping Electronic News: Genre Perspectives on Interaction Design”. Dissertation No 918, 2005. ISBN 91-85297-14-3.

• Jo Skåmedal: Co-supervisor. Title of the Doctoral Thesis: “Telecommuting’s Implications on Travel and Travel Patterns “. Dissertation No 869 Linköping Studies in Science and Technology, 2004. ISBN 91-737-935-9.

Licentiate students

• Bahlol Rahimi: Main supervisor. Title of the Lic. Thesis
“Implementation of Health Information Systems”. Thesis No 1387, 2008.

• Charlotte Stolz: Main supervisor. Title of the Lic. Thesis: “Calling for Call Centres: A study of Call Centre Locations in a Swedish Rural Region”. Linköping Studies in Science and technology Thesis No 1084, 2005.

• Fidel Vascos Palacios: Main supervisor. Title of the Lic. Thesis: “On the Information Exchange between Physicians and Social Insurance Officers in the Sick Leave Process”. Thesis No 1165, 2005.

• Anna Andersson: Co-supervisor. Title of the Lic. Thesis: “Information System Development for Healthcare Organizations”. Linköping Studies in Science and Technology Licentiate Thesis No 1015, 2004.


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