The Digital Health Revolution is happening now:
How will it affect Norwegian healthcare?

If you are attending the conference EHiN Future Health 2017 in Oslo Spektrum Norway October 31 – November 1, we have a special happening for you.

Monday October 30 at 12:00, the day before EHiN starts, we invite conference participants to a seminar hosted by the Norwegian Centre for E-health research and the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. The seminar is also sponsored by the Project Full Flow, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.


Oslo Spektrum, Monday 30th October 2017, 12:00 – 17:30

The seminar will discuss how ICT, medical devices, sensor systems, and new telehealth services, are reshaping healthcare. This development is driven by several factors:

  • Health authorities’ approval of remote diagnostic tools, in particular US’ FDA
  • The advancement of different telehealth platforms for managing chronic conditions and achieving specific patient outcomes
  • The development of different telehealth services offered by private and public healthcare organizations and systems
  • Innovative direct-to-consumer initiative by Samsung, Apple, American Well and others
  • DIY (Do-It-Yourself) initiatives that force health care institutions and industry to change their business models and open up their devises and systems
  • Social media and cloud-based solutions have moved healthcare initiatives from healthcare professionals to patients and relatives
  • Standardization enables exchange of health data between all stakeholders in health care

The goals of the seminar are:

  • Provide a brief overview of what is happening in health technology, especially related to telehealth/telemedicine, eHealth/mHealth and health consumers
  • Explores how technology will change the delivery of healthcare
  • Make health actors, Norwegian and international, aware of the current situation and discuss how to relate to it

The seminar is organized by the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research (NSE) and the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT).

The seminar is open for all EHiN participants.

The deadline for registration is October 22.


  • 12:00 – 12:10 Introduction – Stein-Olav
  • 12:10 – 13:30 The digital health revolution is happening now – Gunnar
  • 13:30 – 13:45 Break
  • 13:45 – 14:30 DIY, social media, cloud-based solutions, mHealth and
    diabetes – how patients take control of their diabetes – Eirik
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Patients’ access to their own health data – does it matter? – Tove
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Break – Sandwiches and refreshments
  • 15:15 – 15:45 Big data is here – from ICT-driven to data driven health care – Stein-Olav
  • 15:45 – 16:15 Is technology alone the solution? What is needed in addition that benefit patients and make them stay focused – Meghan
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Break 
  • 16:30 – 17:30 Discussion All


  • Stein-Olav Skrøvseth, director, NSE
  • Gunnar Hartvigsen, professor, UiT/NSE
  • Eirik Årsand, professor, NSE/UiT
  • Tove Sørensen, researcher, NSE
  • Meghan Bradway, PhD candidate, NSE

Stein Olav Skrøvseth, PhD, is Centre Director at NSE. He holds a master and PhD in mathematical physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. In 2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia before he in 2009 was employed as a researcher in statistics at the Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine. Here he participated and led several research projects within medical statistics, medical image analysis, machine learning, pattern recognition and data analysis. He has published over 30 scientific articles. In 2013-14 he was visiting researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson research laboratory in New York.


Gunnar Hartvigsen, PhD, has since 2000 been adjunct professor at NSE, and head of the research group for medical informatics and telemedicine (MI&T) at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology at UiT. Hartvigsen was vice-dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT, 2005-2009. Hartvigsen has extensive administrative experience from UiT as leader of a number of councils and committees. Hartvigsen was director and research manager at Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (TTL) from 2007 to 2015. Hartvigsen has supervised more than 70 master students, 10 doctoral students and three postdocs.  He is currently supervising 4 postdocs, 8 PhD students, and 3 MSc students. He has received numerous research grants from the Norwegian Research Council. His research interests include various aspects of telemedicine and medical informatics, particularly including electronic disease surveillance, self-help systems for people with chronic diseases, medical sensor systems, HCI for mobile systems, electronic health records (EHRs), social media and mixed reality social computer games for people with chronic diseases, serious games, context-sensitive communication in hospitals, and telemedicine systems in private homes. Hartvigsen has been visiting professor the University of Twente (NL), Munich University of Technology (D), University of California Davis (USA), and Technical University of Valencia (ES). Hartvigsen has written three books and in excess of 350 scientific publications. Hartvigsen is member of Academia Borealis (Northern Norway Academy of Science), and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA). In 2014, he was awarded The Brain Power Prize by the Norwegian Association of Researchers for his contribution to self-help systems for the treatment of people with diabetes.


Eirik Årsand, PhD, has since 2000 been senior researcher at NSE, and since 2014 professor in e-health at the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). Årsand is a member of the Medical Informatics & Telemedicine group at the Department of Computer Science, UiT. He does research around how to use mobile technologies to improve self-management, mainly using diabetes as the case. Dr. Årsand is currently involved in eight projects, and have a history of additional 27 projects, which involves development of smartphone- and smartwatch-based self-help applications and systems for people with diabetes and related challenges. This includes research around the technologies, user needs, user-perception, and medical outcomes of mobile ways of doing self-management. He currently is the main supervisor of one PhD student and co-supervise five other PhD students and several master students, and have supervised 35 students on the master/PhD level since 2001. His research projects have involved mostly people with Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, using their mobile self-help tools and the research platform Diabetes Diary, which is downloaded by more than 5000 people in Norway. Dr. Årsand has published more than 300 papers and reports on various aspects on telemedicine and eHealth.


Tove Sørensen, M.A., is coordinating WHO-CC activities at NSE. Sørensen is M.A. (Cand.Polit.) in Social Sciences from UiT. She is the World Health Organization Appointee to the e-Health Technical Advisory Group. She is project managers for several projects, including Patients’ access to EHR, Telestroke in Nordland Hospital, and digital access to own EHR-data.  In 2011, she was senior lecturer at David Livingstone College of Education, Zambia. In 2006, she was visiting researcher at University of Cape Town and the Medical Research Council, South Africa.


Meghan Bradway, MBA, BSc, is research scholar at NSE, and affiliated with the project “Full Flow of Health Data Between Patients and Health Care Systems”. Bradway is Master of Business Administration (MBA), Loyola University Chicago, 2012-2013, and Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, Minor in Biostatistics, Loyola University Chicago, 2008-2012. In 2015, she became a Certified Revenue Cycle Representative, Healthcare Financial Management Association. Prior to joining NSE, she was Math Science and Leadership Program Instructor, University of Washington, Tacoma, 2013, and Researcher, University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry, Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Lab, 2010-2012.