– The idea is that patients, users and relatives, healthcare professionals, companies and researchers should be able to use their skills, prioritize their needs and make joint applications to different development projects, says Per-Olof Egnell, Operations Administrator of eHealth Innovation Centre.
The project is based on the need for services that exist when the individual lives in his or hers home environment, which also includes mobile solutions. In addition to the eHealth Innovation Centre, the partners include Norrbotten Municipalities, Norrbotten Region, Tieto Healthcare & Wellfare AB, Alkit Communications AB and Skyresponse AB.
– The project is open to collaboration between more companies and organizations that together will lay the foundation for the collaboration environment. This is the first time we cooperate with companies in partnership and the idea is that their skills will help to find more interesting development projects, says Per-Olof Egnell.
The project is funded by the partners, Tillväxtverket and Luleå municipality, starting in January 2018, and will last for three years.
Complementary new laboratory
In the project, a Human Health and Activity lab will be an important part. It is a project recently granted 1.8 million from LTU's Labfond and the Kemp Foundation to purchase equipment to build an innovative research and education environment. Here, researchers, students and other stakeholders will be able to meet together to develop technological solutions, such as products, services and smart and user-friendly environments, at an early experimental stage in an Arctic climate.
– It is important to improve opportunities for meeting the demographic challenge in society through interdisciplinary research and user-driven innovation that focuses on the interaction between human health, activity, the environment and technology and how these can be better matched to each other, says Kåre Synnes, Professor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing at Luleå University of Technology.
– In this work, the university have unique opportunities, since we conduct research and education in both health and technology, says Margareta Lilja, Professor and Subject Representative of Occupational therapy at Luleå University of Technology.
During the spring of 2018, procurement and purchase of equipment will be done and the goal is to start using the laboratory in the fall of 2018. Read more in the related article below.
– There is a great need to collaborate between different actors to meet future needs in society. The collaborative environment and the complementary laboratories at the university create good conditions for cross-border cooperation, says Per-Olof Egnell.