to Oslo Medtech
Register here to subscribe to our newsletter!
Oslo Medtech latest newsletter (May 2013)
Interested in previous newsletters? Click here
Generating innovation. For better living and health.
Innovation in health care was the theme for the second breakfast meeting with the parliamentary benches from Oslo and Akershus at the Grand Hotel this spring, arranged and hosted by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO). The Intervention Center, Rikshospitalet and Hospital IT showed examples of what new technologies could mean for patients and residents, and for organizations and professionals in hospitals and elderly care, and as a basis for the commercialization of new products and business development.
Flemming Hegerstrøm from Hospital IT AS showed examples of new solutions, which may cause elderly people to live at home longer, and get attention from health workers. Today, the older habitants get average 30 minutes follow-up per day, which corresponds to 2% of the time. Healthcare technology in the home, which is easy to operate, can help users to get by in everyday life. The municipalities will in future face enormous challenges, which must be met with new innovative solutions.
Professor Erik Fosse from the Intervention Center showed how new technologies are used in hospitals, and how this changes the organization and professions. It requires large investments, which in turn leads to the centralization of developing and maintaining competence, and to defend the investment costs. He presented the " wheel" for economic development in the health sector; basic research - method development - clinical research - innovation. Close collaboration between hospital and industry can provide the basis for commercialization of new products and establishing new businesses. However, it requires a conscious commitment to innovation by own funds.