Daily Archives: Friday June 14th, 2024


DigitalHealth2024 was recently hosted in Bergen. This is the third time this conference, organized by Helse Bergen, Bergen University College, and Alrek Health Cluster, has taken place. This year’s conference was filled to capacity, with 700 participants. The main subject, as suggested by the title, was the development and implementation of digitalization in healthcare, which is highly relevant to much of the operations at K2.

Many participants probably expected the conference to provide answers regarding the direction of digitalization and the “next big thing”. Where are we headed when ChatGPT is no longer a novelty that can provide you with a waffle recipe and a few humorous answers to your simple questions, and it is no longer sensational that digital image analysis can reduce the response time for radiological examinations? The answer provided can be summarized as “it is coming, and it is developing rapidly”. It is difficult, even for those who work with digitalization daily, to foresee what the next few years will bring on a specific level. One subject that stood out was patient-related data, collected through digital channels, where the channel is not only used for data collection – but also more actively in patient care e.g. to convey information or to identify patients who need intensified follow-up.

The challenges seem easier to identify. We need to be actively involved in the development, and not wait for technology to be introduced. Patient safety and privacy quickly become an issue, closely linked to data collection and acquisition, e.g. in the context of collaboration with commercial services. Financing, political incentives, and a jungle of companies, apps, and services entering the market with varying degrees of validation are other key points.

It is important to remember that not only classic products, but also services and processes can be included when considering technology and innovation in healthcare. Regardless, it will be challenging but crucial to stay updated as the field races ahead. In summary, I believe that digitalization and increasing awareness around it can make the path from research to implementation shorter – but still, it is a bit difficult to grasp exactly how this will happen.


Disputation – Andreas Frøslev Mathisen | 21. juni 2024

Lecture Examination: Friday, June 21, 2024, at 10:15 AM

Location: Auditorium, Glasblokkene, Haukelandsbakken 15 Topic: “Inflammation of the endocrine pancreas from birth to death”

Photo/ill.: Ege Solel

Doctoral Defense: Friday, June 21, 2024, at 12:15 PM

Location: Auditorium, Glasblokkene, Haukelandsbakken 15 Thesis Title: “Demultiplexing Stress Responses and Compensatory Mechanisms in the Pancreatic Islet”

  1. Opponent: Professor Brigitte Galliot, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  2. Opponent: PhD Karim Bouzakri, University of Strasbourg, France
  3. Committee Member: Professor Bjørn Tore Gjertsen, University of Bergen

The defense will be chaired by Professor Silke Appel.

Open to all interested parties.

Press release (only provided in norwegian)