NeRo - Nordic Network for Roadmapping



The use and development for welfare technology for health has increased in recent years in the Nordic countries. This is partly due to society challenges in relation to health where especially large population of elderly people and increase in citizen with chronic illness are major challenges combined with shortage of resources. Technology offers several opportunities to support these challenges and currently several experiments with such technologies, in Nordic Countries called welfare technology, are carried out.
The current situation can be described as a state of flux with various experiments and rapid technological development. Several and different types of technologies are being explored under the head line of welfare technology from cleaning robots to intelligent Prosthesis, computer training applications, communication tools, home monitoring technology etc. (Gudnarson Magnus et al and Ældreforum) .
The rapid development of new technology and the need from the Nordic countries to support health professionals in their work challenge knowledge based implementation. It is difficult to get an overview of technological possibilities and especially difficult to follow and understand advantages and disadvantages of the various technologies. This makes it difficult for decision makers to understand and decides what technology to implement. And for educational institutions training health care professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, midwifes, it can be difficult to understand and decide what technologies to include in training and curriculum as core competences for future health care professionals.
For this reason four Nordic educational institutions have gathered in the ambition to take stock on welfare technology. Our shared task is to identify current practices and point out directions for future use of welfare technology within health. This leads to the overall purpose of the project:
How does welfare technology add value to health care in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway?
Effektiv start/slut dato01/10/1131/10/13


  • hverdagsliv
  • welfare technology
  • health care
  • telemedicine