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Health care, anytime, anywhere

Published: 24 April 2012

Luleå University of Technology is owner and proprietor of eHealth Innovation Centre, EIC. The university is located in Norrbotten, the northernmost part of Sweden. EIC creates innovative products, services, and processes within a unique research environment that combines health sciences, applied system science, and electrotechnology.

Our research environment has earned its qualifications through international research projects; its goal is industrial growth and products. It is internationally recognized as a skills centre in the fields of public health and wellness, where information and communications technology (ICT) are used to provide people with the best care possible, at home or wherever they may be.

Improved quality of life

In the future, the ability to provide health care regardless of time, location, or distance will be radically different than it is today. Research-based solutions improve the quality of life through making it possible for people to live longer at home despite their illnesses.

The eHealth Innovation Centre at Luleå University of Technology has the goal of being a leading international environment for research on home-based health care. The centre formation will be an important resource in testing out new health care solutions and supporting broad dissemination through education and collaboration with the booming global e-health industry.

Challenges become opportunities

An important change in the age profile of the population in the industrialised world is occurring. This entails challenges for how both health care and rehabilitation are provided.

In combination with the increase of people with long-term illnesses and a decrease in available staff, more must be achieved with fewer resources.

Demographic trends are the most important driving force behind the new e-health system and services. It is a well-known fact that a healthier lifestyle raises quality of life and reduces illness – and thereby the general need for care. Preventive e-health solutions are thus important tools for supporting people in maintaining their health, thereby avoiding illness.