NST-MedCom-CDH Workshop, TTeC Tromsø, Norway, 14 June 2006
Nordic Workshop on eHealth in Elderly Care4
The Framework Programme (FP) is the European Union's main instrument for funding research and development. The FP is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by Council and the European Parliament following a co-decision procedure. FPs has been implemented since 1984 and covers a period of five years with the last year of one FP and the first year of the following FP overlapping. The current FP is FP6, which will be running up to the end of 2006.
It has been proposed for FP7, however, to run for seven years. It will be fully operational as of 1 January 2007 and will expire in 2013. It is designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe.
FP7 presents strong elements of continuity with its predecessor, mainly as regards the themes which are covered in the Cooperation programme. The themes identified for this programme correspond to major fields in the progress of knowledge and technology, where research must be supported and strengthened to address European social, economic, environmental and industrial challenges.
The overarching aim is to contribute to sustainable development.
The Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine (NST) is a research and development centre that aims to gather, produce and provide knowledge about telemedicine and ehealth both nationally and internationally. The NST works actively to ensure that telemedicine and ehealth services are integrated into health service provision.
The Norwegian Ministry of Health officially opened the Department of Telemedicine at the University Hospital of North Norway in 1993, and identified the NST as a national competence centre for telemedicine research and development activity for the nation. In 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the NST as its first Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine. The University Hospital of North Norway has been involved in a variety of telemedicine activities since the late 1980s.
Danish Centre for Health Telematics (CFST) / MedCom was established in 1994 with the objective to collect the regional and national initiatives regarding the electronic communication in the healthcare sector. The result has been the development of the Danish Healthcare Data Network which connects the different actors in the health sector. Today, CFST offers advice and project support to the many different partners within the healthcare sector, while initiating and implementing new projects both on a regional, national, and international level.
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