With the support of EHTEL member, the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research.
Using digital health: As early as October 2020, Norway was well aware of how its districts – especially the larger ones – could start to use connected health during the COVID pandemic.
Health and care employees really ‘got the hang’ of using technologies. They found video good to use. Hospitals throughout Norway and Denmark collaborated, as was seen when patients and professionals worked together in partnership.
As Elin Breivik – economist and senior researcher at EHTEL member, the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research (NSE) – reflected: “All parts of the health service have digitized at speed” and “it will be interesting to see if it goes back to normal after all the restrictions are over”.
Success in scientific research: In the field of inoculation, tribute can be paid to Trondheim-based Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher, Magnus Bjørås. The professor helped to avert a crisis in Norway’s hospitals. In June 2021, he was awarded the Tekna Gold Medal for his prominent role in developing a COVID-19 test in an unprecedentedly short time-span.
The research centre has also made useful technological advances in fields such as artificial intelligence. Its current work on infodemics and avoiding ‘fake news’ about COVID-19 will really help Norway in its fight against the pandemic.
As reported in another EHTEL article on quality data, for more reader-friendly reports on the scientific work of the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research in applied and research fields, see its news desk partner website.