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What are we?

The Centre for Health Innovation is a competence center for health innovation, welfare technology, research and interaction. The center was established in 2017 with the goal of meeting future challenges in the health sector. We focus on people's real needs for improvement, interdisciplinary interaction, research-driven innovation, development of health care, and welfare and coping technology, in order to achieve improvement in the health services.

The center is independent and works towards increased collaboration across all sectors and environments. We work with all levels of care in the health service. We have entered a regional agreement with Helse Møre og Romsdal HF and Møre og Romsdal County Council that the Centre for Health Innovation will take a regional role in the development of the future health services in Møre og Romsdal. Simultaneously, we have national and international collaboration partners, and conduct research at a national level. 

How do we do it?

The Centre for Health Innovation's mission is to work with knowledge-based development of health services using:

  • Response center services and digitization: Welfare and coping technology for the development and organization of new health services.

  • Research-driven innovation: Practice-based research and knowledge for service innovation.

  • Health Industry: Associate entrepreneurs and business actors with identified needs.

  • Interaction: Knowledge sharing, collaboration and development across all levels in the health service.

Who are we?

Geir is the CEO for the Centre of Health Innovation.

Geir has several years of experience from both public and private businesses and management. Originally, Geir is a trained nurse. Over the years, he has taken further education in educational guidance, geriatrics, political science, and now a master's degree in organizational leadership.


Geir began as CEO for the Centre of Health Innovation on March 1st, 2019. He has previously worked as the unit manager and head of the department for planning and development in Molde municipality, and department manager and CEO for Triangel Solutions AS.

Bjarte Bye Løfaldli, Project Manager at the Centre for Health Innovation

Bjarte Bye Løfaldli

Project Manager Research, Development and Innovation (FoUI)

 bjarte.bye.lofaldli@kristiansund.kommune.no

Bjarte is a neurobiologist from NTNU in Trondheim. His academic background is psychology and biology with specialization in physiology and neuroscience.

His doctoral work dealt with how scent information is processed and coded in higher odor areas of the brain. His work with neural networks, neuronal signaling and calculation continued in his position as a postdoctoral fellow.

Bjarte has previously worked as a laboratory manager and senior engineer at the Kavli Institute, Center for Neural Networks, Norwegian Brain Center. As a laboratory manager, he was responsible for managing and following up on activities, procedures, and installations at the center. In addition, he worked extensively with organizational development and development, testing and implementation of new procedures and equipment, tender processes and major procurement, applications related to research operations and funds, and communicating research results.

Signe Sefland

Communications manager

 signe.sefland@kristiansund.kommune.no

Signe originally has a background as a religious studies scholar with a major in Islam. She has experience from public administration as well as project, information and marketing work.

As a previous KOM Trainee, Signe has varied work experience from the region, with experience from Vestbase, Helse Møre og Romsdal HF and Møre og Romsdal county municipality. She has also worked at Nordmøre Business Council (today: KNN) and as marketing manager for the Opera in Kristiansund. Parallel to her job as a communication manager at the Centre for Health Innovation, she has taken Communication in research, culture and public administration studies at the University of Bergen.

Lillian Karlsen, Project worker FoUI

Lillian Karlsen

Project worker FoUI

 lillian.karlsen@kristiansund.kommune.no

Lillian is a trained nurse with further education in cancer care and with a master's degree in Health and Social Studies from Molde University College.

She mainly has experience from municipal care services, and in recent years as a cancer coordinator in Kristiansund municipality. Lillian has great involvement in development work, and has, among other things, experience from managing several professional development projects in the field of palliative care.

Andrea Valeria Farfan

Service Employee

 andrea@helseinnovasjonssenteret.no

Andrea is educated in graphic design and visual communication and works as an administrativesupport at the Health Innovation Center.

Andrea has previous experience from corporate profiling, information design, ideadevelopment, advertising and design of marketing material. She also has experience from office administration and previously worked as a secretary in the municipal sector. 

Andrea´s work is mainly dministrative and technical support, as well as support in project work and contributions in developing the center's visual identity.

Mari Mørkeset Sandbakk

Service Designer

 mari.morkeset.sandbakk@kristiansund.kommune.no

Mari is the Health Innovation Center's Service designer and contributes central methodological expertise to the center's R&D activity.

Her educational background is a Bachelor of Product Design from Glasgow School of Art. She has work experience as a graphic designer in the Salvation Army, a designer in Safepath and has worked with both graphic design and service design in various projects. She also assists as a supervisor at Molde University College in between her usual work. Mari's most important task at the Health Innovation Center is to put people at the center of the innovation process, and to ensure that we create great and comprehensive solutions through visual tools that stimulate interaction and creativity

Stephan Kristensen

Health Engineer

 stephan.kristensen@kristiansund.kommune.no

Stephan works with a focus related to health and welfare technology. As the center's Health engineer, he contributes with technological insights to our projects.

Stephan holds a diploma in automation, in addition he has subjects in psychology and history at NTNU. He has worked in the oil industry since 2008. First as a traveling technician with service on electrical / hydraulic components and systems, and then as a project engineer at TechnipFMC where he worked on maintenance, modifications and overhauls of underwater systems. Prior to joining the Health Innovation Center in the fall of 2019, he worked as a Project Engineer in Deep C with responsibility for maintenance and control systems for underwater vehicles.

Kya Zinlatt Long, Multimedia consultant at the Centre for Health Innovation

Kya Zinlatt Long

Multimedia consultant

 kya.zinlatt.long@kristiansund.kommune.no

Kya works with photography, filming, and animations at the Centre for Health Innovation.

He is currently working in a 20% position besides studying gaming technology.

Kya has a degree from the University of Agder, with a 3-year bachelor's degree in multimedia technology and design. The education includes a subject focus on video, photography, 2d-3d animation, design (web/web pages) and data programming.

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We also have affiliated PhD and master students who participate in specific projects.