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Great interest in conference focusing on future care and health care

Published: 19 January 2018

The international RemoAge project was concluded with a conference in Luleå, where the project partners presented the experience of new working methods supported by digital technology. The conference attracted stakeholders from different countries, with 150 participants on location and 50 who followed the conference on video streaming.

Important with common routines

At the conference, health care personnel from the northern Norway's, Scotland's and Norrbotten's sparsely populated areas shared their experiences and thoughts on how care and health care could be better and more accessible. Over three years, approximately 13 new working methods supported by digital solutions have been developed and tested, for example digital medical round, remote night supervision, personal alarm and Coordinated Individual Planning.
– The success factors we have seen in the project are to work closely together between those who work together, but also to make joint decisions and work according to common routines, said Ingela Johansson, Project Manager, Region Norrbotten, Sweden.

Better infrastructure and broadband

Keynote speaker Donna Henderson, Head of International Engagement at Scottish Centre for Telehealth and telecare at NHS 24, shared her insights on how digitization and enhanced collaboration can help create a person-centered, co-ordinated and cohesive care adapted to future needs.

– We are working on the same problems and challenges in implementing the working methods. A high level of support is required so that we can continue to work on these challenges. Conferences like this are incredibly important to share our knowledge and experience, but also make people realize the value of digital technology in health care and social care, said Donna Henderson.

The conference's other keynote speaker Une Tangen, Senior Advisor, Innovation, Research and Digitalization, The Norweigan Association of Local and regional Authorities, gave examples from Norwegian municipalities that show it is possible to solve a number of tasks in new ways, such as how to achieve a gradual change in which recipient needs are centralized, self-help support and how digitization and use of welfare technology contribute to increased security, safety and control over their health.

– You have to take the time to educate the staff and mobilize the organization. It is difficult to implement technology, both in the public and private sectors, but if you have done a good foundation work with needs analysis and what you want to achieve then you will succeed. The national states must be better at providing infrastructure and broadband so that the platform is there, but also on guiding and advising the municipalities, said Une Tangen.

The conference ended with a panel discussion where issues like how future care and care in the rural area looks like and how we get there.

Comments from audience:

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Christer Bergh, Tieto, Luleå.

– I'm interested in seeing how far the implementation has come and how it's achieved. We know that a lot of technology is being used today for different purposes, but how do we implement it and when can we use it in a larger scale. Then we can solve the problem we face with a large proportion of older people, which we must manage to handle in another way, both financially and personally. It is interesting to see the company's perspective but also as a private citizen.

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Anna Alm Andersson, Nursing Health Manager for Kalix Nursing Care Area.

– I came here because we are involved in several different areas and because this is the future. We need to find new solutions to meet the needs of the future. I take home some specific parts of what I heard today to develop our own area, but also the strength of doing this together with several actors. That's when we reach success. The next step is get what we started to live on and think further about what we can do to meet today´s needs and future needs.