Event: Welfare Technology for the Municipalities in Sogn & Fjordane (Norway)

On 28th of February, our Norwegian partners, Western Norway Research Institute (WNRI), and their Local Champions attended the Welfare Technology for the Municipalities in Sogn & Fjordane Event in Stryn, Norway.

Posters: The Centre for Development of Institutional and Home Care Services (USHT), IT-forum Sogn og Fjordane and IMPROVE project.

Marta Strandos, speaker on the conference as a regional representative.

Hilde G. Corneliussen on the poster area talking about the regional activities involving their IMPROVE service.

IMPROVE Local Champion Bente Sundal

They presented a co-production service that they developed and are implementing with IMPROVE on safety technology packages for sheltered housing and private homes, and also medicine support for private homes.

Around a hundred people attended from all the eighteen municipalities of the county, some travelling a long way to get there. One of the main topics was co-production in welfare and that is why, there were different stakeholders involved in health care system: health care leaders and employees in municipalities, IT leaders and employees, and user organisations, mainly for elderly people.

Among the speakers that went to the conference, were a representative for a national user organisation, an end user sharing his story about becoming a user of health care services, a service design expert, a representative from the National Welfare Technology Program, and regionals representatives – one of them was Marta Strandos, Labour Leader by Development Centre for Nursing and Home Services at WNRI (see picture).

The program also included a demo-session where the participants were routed through three areas:

  1. An area with health care technology providers showcasing their technology.
  2. A poster area where the regional activities were presented, including the services developed in IMPROVE, explained by Hilde G. Corneliussen, Ph.D. and Senior Researcher at WNRI (see picture).
  3. A lab used for education in health care and welfare technology at the high school where the conference was located.