We specialize in tool, methodologies and technologies that promote inclusion of and collaboration among the stakeholders in ICT implementation and digitalization processes. We have a long and broad experience in developing and evaluating welfare technology, ICT-based welfare services and electronic health information systems and services. We are also developing technology for crisis handling, museums and information systems to protect cultural heritage, and for the oil industry.
Health and welfare Health and welfare services
We are working on research and development for improved health and welfare services, interaction between service offerings and better health for the population. Health services research stems from several disciplines and are inherently both applied and multidisciplinary.
Image-guided therapy helps medical staff to look behind the surface of the skin and deep into the body. It can be compared with the GPS in a car. It makes surgery safer and in many cases less invasive. By connecting the CT or MR images taken before surgery, with the patient during surgery, the surgeon can plan the operation better and avoid damaging important structures during the operation. In addition, ultrasound recording during surgery make the image guided therapy safer and help the surgeon to remove a major portion of the tumor.
We stimulate the development of new, improved Norwegian health products – based on requirements in the health sector. A large proportion of our activities is concerned with stimulating ideas. We organise meetings at which user groups, suppliers, research and development groups and the public sector support apparatus get together to exchange and implement good ideas. We are responsible for the activities of the InnoMed innovation programme in mid-Norway, and we also run supplier development and networking programmes for health-sector companies.
With our medical technology, surgeons can see and operate within the body. This surgical technique is possible because the surgeon navigates by advanced three-dimensional maps that show him the way around the inside of the body. 3D ultrasonic images enable the surgeon to see changes in the tissue during the operation itself. The system has been developed by research groups in Trondheim. Thanks to close collaboration with clinicians at St. Olav's Hospital and NTNU, we in SINTEF have succeeded in combining real-time 2D ultrasonics with 3D images made with ultrasonics, MR (magnetic resonance) and x-rays.
Medical Technology - Laboratories
We are sharing medical technology laboratory facilities in close co-operation with St. Olavs Hospital og NTNU.
SINTEF offers standardised testing of immersion suits, personal flotation devices (lifejackets etc.) and cold weather protective clothing.
Evaluation of the pilot project: "Screening of child and adolescent mental health at the intake in child welfare institutions – and coordination of healthcare and child welfare services"
The aim of the evaluation is to gain knowledge about factors that may hinder and promote effective interaction and coordination between the Child welfare services and the Children and Adolescents’ Psychiatric Polyclinic Services (BUP) when it comes to ensuring early identification of mental health difficulties and subsequent need for health care services.
We will develop a wireless, highly portable and low-cost ultrasound based guidance system for needle insertion procedures.
GeoHealthAccess - The geography of vulnerability and health service access in southern Africa
The overall objective of the study is to develop a model which can be used to identify the most important barriers to access to health services in poor resource contexts in southern Africa. The tool combines perceived access to health services with measured, geographical access, and individual characteristics.
Illness and injuries at work are costing Norway NOK 30 billion a year
Back pain is the most common ailment affecting quality of life, while crush injuries are the most likely to result in death – and this constitutes the biggest cost to society.
TB forgotten in fight against HIV
Tuberculosis seems to have fallen between the cracks in poverty-stricken Malawi’s sponsor-dependent health sector. The dominating focus on HIV may have left parts of Africa with a skewed health service, say researchers.