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Presentation of eHealth and eHealth equipment (home care technology, distance care technology, telecare) in Finland.

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The main theme of the course is theories, methods and technologies for the development of future intelligent interactive environments where humans and proactive, reactive, autonomous and social software agents communicate and cooperate to reach goals. Sometimes the software agents are embedded in robotic systems or in other artefacts/materials in the physical environment. The student will acquire knowledge about main research themes and experimental practices in the field of intelligent interactive environments as well as develop her/his skills in constructing and evaluating intelligent interactive environments. Different paradigms will be introduced and discussed, primarily from an interaction and design perspective such as ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, intelligent and adaptive user interfaces, tangible interfaces, persuasive technology, decision-support systems, Internet of Things and people, smart homes, semi-autonomous systems, social norms and agent societies.

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Inom ramen för Umeå universitets satsning på en forskningsmiljö för eHälsa och inrättandet av ett kompetenscentrum för telemedicin i samarbete med VLL, Vasa universitet och EPTEK i Seinäjoki, Finland, hålls en workshop för att demonstrera aktuell eHälsaforskning. Deltagare får prova nya eHälsainnovationer för till exempel fallprevention hos äldre och beslutsstöd för demensdiagnostik, detta genom teknologi för distansmöten. Deltagande på distans kommer att möjliggöras från andra platser i länet för personer som inte är i Umeå, bland annat Storumans sjukstuga. Därför vill vi gärna veta i god tid vilka deltagare som vill delta på distans.
Plats: NTC telemedicinska labb i VLL administrative byggnad. Andra lokaler: Kreativa rummet i Storuman och Interaktionslabbet på plan 4 i MIT-huset.

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This course is focused on eHealth challenges and risks, including its history up-to-date. Majority of the course will be spent discussing eHealth technical applications. At the end of the course we will look at the future of eHealth and discuss topics that are open for research. Learning outcomes: Students will have deep knowledge of eHealth history, technical understanding of different possible applications of eHealth. The course will also open the door for future research areas under the umbrella of eHealth. Modes of study: Active participation, report and group presentation.

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All companies selling products in the European market must be able to demonstrate that their products comply with applicable EU requirements and thus the law applicable in the EU country where the product is to be sold. The CE marking of a product is a notice from the manufacturer to the authorities that their product meets the requirements imposed on it by applicable EU directives. As an example, in the field of healthcare, technologically advanced products are being used today, and development is progressing rapidly, with innovative technological solutions playing a crucial role in future health care, while at the same time not sacrificing the security that surrounds this kind of product.

The course provides a better overall picture of the basics of CE marking as well as increased knowledge of product liability and product safety. The course also provides insight into a product area with the requirements for medical devices used for diagnostics and therapy in the healthcare sector.

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The course will give an overview of the foundations of eHealth and Medical Informatics including research methodologies. The purpose of the course is to provide the doctoral student the opportunity to apply new knowledge in theme discussions and explore, partly hands-on, the potentials in developing and applying digital tools, which are relevant to the doctoral student ́s research topic. The following themes are included: ICT-based interventions; design and development of ”behaviour change systems” and decision-support systems; the professional’s perspective: change of work practices when introducing new digital tools; and the citizen’s perspective on digital aids for health, e.g., ethics, equality, equity, autonomy, self-management.

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The course is given by Medtech4Health and aims to increase knowledge about the innovation and entrepreneurship process to facilitate collaboration and provide better conditions for more innovation projects to be achieved. The course includes the whole process of identifying a problem area in healthcare that can potentially be solved through a technologically based innovative idea which, in turn, can lead to a commercialized medical device product - in short, an innovation.

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