The Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine (NST) is the world’s largest centre for research and development in telemedicine and eHealth. The centre has strong interdisciplinary expertise, and aims to shape health care of the future. NST has about 200 employees and is situated in Tromsø in northern Norway.
Through user-oriented research and development, NST has contributed to integration of care between levels in the health sector since 1993. Telemedicine solutions and eHealth give patients easier and better access to health services. Effective collaboration makes the skills and services of health personnel available to more people, and society’s resources are used more effectively.
Telemedicine, eHealth and welfare technology are very important tools in the realization of the Integrated Health Care Reform. The NST has valuable knowledge and experience in this field, and has a responsibility to ensure that the reform will have the best possible outcomes for both patients and health professionals.
NST is an internationally known organization and was chosen as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine in 2002. Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine co-founded the Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (TTL) in 2006 together with industrial and academic partners.
TTL is a Centre for Research-based Innovation combining human caring with new technologies, in order to provide better health care for those with chronic diseases, and reduce the growing burden on the health care system.
NST’s responsibilities are assigned by the health authorities. The centre’s aim is to contribute with:
advisory services related to organization and implementation of eHealth and telemedicine practice in the health sector
research on future solutions in collaboration, telemedicine and eHealth
development of telemedicine technology from ideas to products and services