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Conference on health care challenges

Published: 30 January 2017

On 1-2 February is the ALEC 2017 conference, Arctic Light e-He@lth Conference, held in Lulea. The conference is held to discuss the challenges facing the health care system where new technology can create a more sustainable and efficient healthcare systems. Region Norrbotten is the organizer and Luleå University of Technology is an associated partner.

– To seek cooperation and make a good intelligence analysis it is very important to participate in an international arena when it comes to eHealth and welfare solutions, says Per-Olof Engnell, Operations Administrator at eHealth Innovation Centre, EIC, at Luleå University of Technology. EIC is Luleå University of Technology´s and Region Norrbotten´s joint research centre that works to find new care smart solutions in eHealth.

Per-Olof Egnell is also holding a lecture about the need to develop real test environments, where players can meet and collaborate on testing and developing solutions in real environments. He will also be the moderator for a theme lecture on how technology can contribute to better health.

Future challenges

It is the fifth time the ALEC conference is held and the focus is on how the health care system needs to change in order to fully benefit from the digitization opportunities, but also how technology can be used to bridge distances, increase availability and contribute to equality in health. Another important aspect is how digital solutions can increase the patient's participation, giving them better information and greater control over their health and health care.

At the conference decision makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and healthcare professionals meet to learn about and discuss how the demographic and geographic challenges can be overcome, challenges not only Norrbotten but also other regions and countries are facing.

Digital literacy and higher education

Maria Larsson Lund is attending the conference in the role of educational leader and researcher at Luleå University of Technology. Her presentation will give an insight into why and how higher education needs to improve digital literacy, but also how the increased use of technology affects the ability of citizens to activity, participation and health. The presentation is based on research and experience from the improvement work of higher education on digitization, digital literacy and e-learning.

– The work we have done at the Department of Health Sciences is unique. We have focused on digital literacy should permeate the whole program. We have built a progression, where students continually build on their knowledge and skills. The University educates future professionals and we must be able to convey that knowledge to meet society's digital needs.

Maria Larsson Lund will also be a facilitator of the workshop Improving Digital Competence in Europe - how can it be accomplished to make use of the benefits of digital technology, where the concept of digital literacy and how the increased use of digital solutions can both support and challenge citizens will be discussed .

Lecturers from Luleå University of Technology:

Motivation and Technology - How They Can Come Together to Prevent Disease
Josef Hallberg PhD, Associate Professor in Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Lulea University of Technology (SE)

Cross Sectoral Collaboration - Designing Living Environments for Active and Healthy Ageing
Per-Olof Egnell, CEO at eHealth Innovation Centre, Lulea University of Technology (SE)

A new landscape for higher education evolves: How can digital competence be enhanced to match needs of a digitalised society?
Maria Larsson Lund, Professor, Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Luleå University of Technology (SE)

eCAP - eHealth Services for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Using Multi-Professional Collaboration
Elin Breivik, Health Economist and Senior Policy Adviser at the Norwegian Center for eHealth Research (NO)
Catrine Kostenius, Professor at the Department of Health Science, Lulea University of Technology (SE)

Interactive Learning Workshop with facilitators from the University

Improving digital competence in Europe - how can it be accomplished to make use of the benefits of the new digital technology
Facilitators: Maria Larsson Lund, Professor and Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Luleå University of Technology (SE)

Hanna Broberg Danielsson, Senior Lecturer in Informatics at Linnaeus University and researcher at the eHealth Institute in Kalmar (SE)

Patient Outcome Measurement - A New Definition of Success?
Facilitators: Dr. Christina Akerman, President of ICHOM - International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (US)

Inger Lindberg, Strategist knowledge management at Region of Norrbotten. Associate Professor at Luleå University of Technology (SE)

Parallel sessions:

Digital Health Equity Around the World
Moderator: Anita Melander Wikman, Associate Professor at Department of Health Sciences at Luleå University of technology (SE)

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