Department of Computer Science

Human-centred health informatics (HCHI)

The HCHI group brings together research enthusiasts from various fields such as engineering, design, medical, nursing and psychology.

Our research group focuses on
- Human-centred design of electronic health (eHealth) services
- Patient experience
- Usability of electronic health record (EHR) systems
- User experiences of health and social care professionals
- Usability in IT system procurement

We collaborate with healthcare providers, health IT companies and research groups in health informatics, social sciences and health management.

Topics for our future research include usability of client information systems, implementation and configuration of EHRs as well as customisation of eHealth services for improved user experiences.
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Researchers develop better treatment methods for kidney disease patients

HUS, Aalto University, the University of Jyväskylä and VTT are investigating ways to offer better home dialysis treatment methods for kidney disease patients

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Usability is a critical factor in IT systems – Aalto students and companies collaborate for better digitalisation

Aalto University students and teachers joined forces with partner companies during a course which teaches evaluating the usability and user experiences of digital systems

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Public defence in Usability Research, M.Sc. (Tech) Mari Tyllinen

Process for Usability Evaluation for Selecting an Information System in Public Procurement - Measuring Usability of Health and Social Welfare IS (title of the doctoral thesis)

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Empathy in design and digitalisation – Aalto University researchers hold workshops for students at Arabia Comprehensive School

Aalto University researchers organised workshops for seventh graders, whose creative thinking skills were put to the test in designing future information services

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Service design contributes to ensuring the quality and suitability of digital services

Principal University Lecturer Johanna Bragge invited her colleagues from the School of Science and School of Arts, Design and Architecture to deliver a guest lecture

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A healthy dose of usability

Digital health services have emerged as cost-efficient options for healthcare, but better user experience is needed to ensure inclusive digitalisation.



HUS Helsinki University Hospital

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

University of Jyväskylä



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