– In the north part of Sweden we are still far ahead in terms of developing e-health solutions for healthcare and welfare. We noticed that different countries have different conditions, mainly how the health and social care is organized, says Sofi Nordmark.
Creating networks across Europe
This was the tenth annual conference organized by ACENDIO, the Association for Common European Nursing diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes, which was held in Bern, Switzerland. The conference had 212 participants from all over the world.
The organization was formed in 1995 with the aim of highlighting the development of professional nursing language and common terminology, but also to create a network across Europe for those who have an interest in nursing informatics. ACENDIO is sprung out of the North American organization NANDA, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, and has similar "sister organizations", for example JSND available in Japan.
Lecture aroused attention
From Luleå University of Technology were PhD students Sofi Nordmark and Catharina Melander and lecturer Malin Olsson in place to give lecturers on their research.
Sofi Normark presented the results of a survey that showed the difficulty in sharing electronic information between different health care providers for home care patients, who are in need of hospital treatment for a period of time.
Catharina Melander presented preliminary results from a study in which a combination of sensors and assessment form will help staff from nursing homes to be able to detect, for example anxiety, in a patient at an early stage and also to prevent or remedy this.
Malin Olsson's presentation highlighted the importance of studying the aging human's physical, mental and social needs.
Inger Lindberg, adjunct assistant professor, was also representing the university. She presented a poster with results from the e-health project Renewing Health.
– All three lectures aroused a great interest among the audience, who asked many questions. The conference provided many opportunities for future international cooperations, which is very exciting and rewarding, says Sofi Nordmark.