To ensure holistic and coordinated services for the population, patient pathways must become a joint frame of reference for the participants in the health service. Through our research, NST supports the Norwegian government’s focus on patients and patient pathways.
The NST definition of patient pathways encompasses patients’ wishes and needs for health services outside the specialized health services. NST also contributes with competence and experience in development and implementation of technology-supported coordinated care. The research-based part of this work is based on “The Chronic Care Model”, in which experiences from similar development on an international level are tried out and adapted to Norwegian conditions.
NST has contributed to well-coordinated care in the health services since 1993. Telemedicine solutions, e-health and technological tools give the population simpler and better access to health services. Better coordinated care ensures that the skills and services of health personnel are more accessible. Through development and expansion of web-based competence, NST also contributes to providing easier access to this competence.
Coordinated care ensures that more people have access to good health services, and that society’s resources are more effectively used.
Technology is a core aid in implementing the Coordinated Care Reform, where NST has a responsibility to contribute with good and effective solutions. The goal of the Coordinated Care Reform is to strengthen preventive measures, to treat earlier and to improve coordination. Electronic communication will be the natural way to communicate.
Geographic and organizational proximity to the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN) gives NST the opportunity to field-test new technology and solutions on a large scale.