Background and activities

Work area

I'm a PhD candidate and part of the Information Systems and Software Engineering (ISSE) group. My research focuses around the design, implementation and use of Welfare Technology (velferdsteknologi). This technology is seen to have a major role in solving demographic challenges (such as population ageing and the higher demand for healthcare services). It aims to increase the user's security, safety, social participation, mobility, and participation in physical and cultural activities (Helsedirektoratet 2012). I am interested in research in the area of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Information Systems, and Health Informatics.


I've a background in Computer Science and Health Informatics, and experience in the design and implementation of web and mobile applications (mainly in the area of healthcare). Previous research experience includes work in LMIC and health care settings. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a Public Health Informatician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where my focus was on the integration of environmental health data in Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems using HL7 FHIR. I also work as a researcher for the Center for Health Services Research, Brandenburg Medical School where I contribute to research on OpenNotes.


  • 2017-2018: Public Health Informatics Fellow, CDC, Atlanta GA
  • 2015-2017: Consultant and Software Developer, self-employed, Vienna
  • 2014-2015: Software Developer, humediQ, Munich
  • 2013-2014: Research Assistant, Karolinska Istitute, Stockholm
  • 2013: MSc Health Informatics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • 2010: BSc Computer Science, Linnaeus University, Växjö

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Hochwarter, Stefan; Atkins, Salla; Diwan, Vinod K; Zary, Nabil. (2017) Use and Adaptation of Open Source Software for Capacity Building to Strengthen Health Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Informatics for Health: Connected Citizen-Led Wellness and Population Health.