SINTEF is an independent research foundation based in Trondheim and Oslo, Norway. SINTEF receives only minimal state funding (around 3%), earning the majority of its income from contract research for industry and the public sector in Norway and internationally. SINTEF is the largest independent R&D organisation in the Nordic countries, employing around 1700 people. Contract research carried out by SINTEF covers all scientific and technical areas, and ranges from basic research through applied research to commercialisation of results into new products and business ideas, for both the domestic and international markets. SINTEF is represented in this consortium by SINTEF ICT, the department specialising in information and communication technology. The department has extensive experience over many years of participation in EU R&D projects, in both technical and co-ordination roles, in most areas of the IST Workprogram. SINTEF Health will support the project with respect to socio-economic studies. They have long experience from monitoring the health care sector in Norway from a socio-economic view.
SINTEF participates in and leads several national projects with focus on electronic representation and use of patient information. Important is the SamPro project, developing and testing a system for sharing information between patient and caregivers in relation to required individual plan for long term ill patients in Norway.
SINTEF Health will bring their expertise on socio-economic issues. They are among many national and international project, at the moment running the Norwegian national patient treatment registry and they are calculating and delivering suggestions for DRGs to the national government.
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