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Reality Lab tests new technology solutions

Published: 5 December 2016

Luleå municipality and eHealth Innovation Centre has received fundings for a pilot study by Vinnova for the future of nursing and care homes. In Living lab, new technology products and services will be tested in a real environment with a dozen permanent residents and staff around the clock.

– The aim is to test and demonstrate how new technology solutions work in a holistic way for patients and staff in a department, and how the solutions affect work processes and its regulatory framework, says Per-Olof Egnell, General Manager of the eHealth Innovation Centre at Luleå University of Technology.

Leader in welfare technology

To meet the welfare challenges with more eldery residents in the community the most important measure is to use the digitization facilities in the welfare services.

– Luleå municipality has in its strategic plan its Strategic Plan for elderly 2015-2018 decided that the municipality should become a leader in the use of welfare technology in the services offered elderly and people with disabilities and their families, says Lena Kruse, Director at the Department of Health and social care, Luleå municipality.

Innovation Environment with digital services

The Living Lab will be established in a ward in Luleå municipality. Initially the focus will be on the sensors and remote solutions.

– In the Living Lab the research results can be tested in a larger real environment and implemented faster in the organisation. The environment is also a place for collaboration between government, industry, universities and other sectors of society. The lab will be an important regional and national resource in a major innovation environment of digital services in health, says Per-Olof Egnell.

The pilot study is ongoing from December 2016 to April 2017 and will form the basis for the design of future operations. The initiative is supported by funds from Vinnova and is part of the government's vision of Testbed Sweden. In the budget for 2017, the government estimates that Vinnova's grant will increase by SEK 75 million and is expected to be SEK 100 million higher in 2020 than in 2016.

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