Project Partner Meeting, Sweden
Fifth transnational Project Partner Meeting held in Umea, Sweden.
In September the ITTS team travelled to Umeå, Sweden to attend the project's 5th transnational partner meeting. The meeting was hosted by our Swedish partners the County Council of Västerbotten.
At the previous partner meeting in Oulu (March 2013) it had been agreed that the demonstrator projects would be implemented by September 2013, therefore the main aims in Umeå were to:
- review the status of the projects
- begin finalising the implementation phase
- focus on the evaluation of the telemedicine projects implemented
In addition, as this was the penultimate meeting it was important that all partners understood what work was required in the final six months of the project with regards, not only to the implementation and evaluation of the demonstrator projects, but also the dissemination of the project and informing of policy.
Objectives going forward
- Complete the implementation of the demonstrator projects
- Conduct the evaluation of all demonstrator projects
- Disseminate the project and evaluation findings
- Host events in each partner country to inform policy on telemedicine in our regions
Transnational Knowledge Exchange
Alongside the partner meeting, ITTS Sweden also hosted a workshop for video-consultation (VC) demonstrator projects, with particular emphasis on the exercise classes for rehabilitation project.
The workshop session was led by Senior Lecturer/PhD Anita Melander-Vikman and PhD Lisbeth Eriksson, both specialised physiotherapists from Luleå University of Technology, Department of eHealth.
Following a brief lecture and seminar on the topic of telerehabilitation, delegates were given hands on training on the use of videoconference technology for clinical practice and also participated in a number of knowledge exchange sessions to discuss the benefits and barriers to the implementation of telerehabilitation services, sharing experiences of best practice.
The workshop was attended by Tiina Vuononvirta (Finland), Ide Ni Chonghaile (Ireland), Liz Morrison and Doreen Berry (both Scotland).
The feedback we have received from all involved has been very positive with the attendees now feeling more confident in delivery of the new services.