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Health and welfare

Application

Health and welfare

IT-based solutions and services are key to solving challenges facing society within health and welfare. We develop solutions for hospitals, municipalities and IT suppliers to the healthcare system in interaction between user and IT technology. Naturally, based on our competences within user involvement and software development, and focusing on innovation, experiment and implementation.

IT solutions for health and welfare anchored in real needs

New welfare technological solutions are only profitable if they can interact, if they support the day-to-day running and if there is room for innovation both in the IT solutions and the projects around them.

Examples of our services in the field of Health and welfare:
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User involvement

User involvement

Prototyping
Anthropological studies
Participatory Design
Identification

When you are developing a new IT system for complex practice, it is a difficult task to ensure that the system supports the workflows and real needs of the users – and to find optimal use.

However, complex practice does not necessarily require complex IT systems.

The task is to unite and adapt both IT system and practice. To ensure a successful solution, it is essential that patients, staff and IT suppliers are included in the collaboration about this process.

We have the methodological strength to facilitate user-involving processes that unite and challenge differences and complexities. We stimulate collaboration in the pursuit of common goals that IT systems are designed to achieve. Our methods improve the chance of developing a workable system with fewer configurations, even when it is to support great complexity. Such a system is more inexpensive to maintain. It reduces the risk of system failure and ultimately it results in a better user experience and happier customers who feel more ownership for the solution.

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Telemedicine

Telemedicine

Open source telemedicine and telecare
International standards
OpenTele
Platform

Make use of our knowledge, when you want to launch telemedicine initiatives, buy or further develop software solutions.

We are working on a telemedicine software ecosystem that creates momentum for telemedicine and welfare technology. OpenTele has been developed and matured through use in a number of projects and the platform is well on track to achieve its mission to be the cornerstone of an open source ecosystem that will ensure better and more inexpensive telemedicine solutions to the public sector, based on standardised interfaces.

We are working on a modularisation of the telemedicine platform OpenTele. The work is carried out on behalf of 4S, the Foundation for Software-based Health Services.

We want to develop the current architecture and procedures for deployment to support a multi-vendor strategy. A modularisation of the current code base can also make maintenance and further development more effeciently and provide greater reusability of individual components across solutions. Finally, the current OpenTele implementation can be brought to use to a greater extent the international standards and interfaces that are adopted in the Danish reference architecture for collecting health data from citizens.

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Evaluation and advice

Evaluation and advice

Benefits realisation
Context analysis
User involvement
Technology choice

We offer welfare technological advice to private and public customers on new markets and benefits realisation, and we put together a day programme based on the customer's current situation. The activities that can also be in the nature of inspirational and idea generating activities can be arranged for a large group of people or can take the form of more targeted sparring with a small number of people.

Do you need to evaluate the effect of the many new welfare technologies? By means of user-driven innovation processes, we have developed an evaluation tool that makes sense for both those to be evaluated, and those who are to use the results.

Based on user behaviour we have incorporated new ideas into the design of an evaluation tool and tested it in close collaboration with the users. The result is a mobile evaluation tool that creates dialogue between users of technology and staff. At the same time the management gets thorough evaluations that can be used to decide which technologies the public sector should invest in.

Contact us when you are to start using new welfare technology or want to know how to improve what you are using today.

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Design and software development

Design and software development

Prototyping
Test
Implementation
Reference architecture

We help to USE OpenTele as a telehealth platform. Get knowledge about how to configure and integrate solutions and how to develop modules.

We help to DEVELOP and implement concrete telehealth processes, both technologically and organisationally. This includes designing processes as well as IT support of OpenTele.

We help to TEST whether you or your supplier’s technology can interact with the national reference architecture. Do you work with IT solutions that you want to be made according to one of the Danish reference architectures? We offer to test your company's solution against the reference architecture for collecting health data in the home and the reference architecture for sharing documents and images. We issue a certificate to verify that your company's product meets the recommendations of the reference architecture.

 

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Medical image analysis and simulation

Medical image analysis and simulation

Surgical simulation
Fast computations
Segmentation
Real time

We have developed a number of solutions within medical simulation intended for visualisation and training of surgeons. This includes ear surgery, heart surgery and an atlas of the body. In particular, our ear simulator is used by surgeons worldwide.

If you work with medical 3D data sets we can help you handle data from different MRI and CT modalities and images from cryo section. Our experience includes e.g.:

  • Deformed and rigid registration
  • Segmentation
  • Generating polygon-based geometry from segmentations
  • Realistic volume rendering
  • Combined volume rendering and polygon rendering

We offer assistance in all the steps of the process from processing the raw image data through segmentation and generation of 3D geometry for visualisation and possible simulation of the interaction of different tissue types. In all parts of this process, we can further assist in reducing computation times through our extensive experience with GPU acceleration.

We give you methodical strength to facilitate user-involving processes that unite and challenge differences and complexity. Insight into the needs of patients and staff are central to anchoring design and functionality in real challenges rather than in what is technically possible.

We can handle the entire process from identification to design, software development, implementation and evaluation, and we can also assist you in one of the steps in the process, precisely where you and your organisation need us.

When you are developing a new IT system for complex practice, it is a difficult task to ensure that the system supports the workflows and real needs of the users – and to find optimal use.

However, complex practice does not necessarily require complex IT systems.

The task is to unite and adapt both IT system and practice. To ensure a successful solution, it is essential that patients, staff and IT suppliers are included in the collaboration about this process.

We have the methodological strength to facilitate user-involving processes that unite and challenge differences and complexities. We stimulate collaboration in the pursuit of common goals that IT systems are designed to achieve. Our methods improve the chance of developing a workable system with fewer configurations, even when it is to support great complexity. Such a system is more inexpensive to maintain. It reduces the risk of system failure and ultimately it results in a better user experience and happier customers who feel more ownership for the solution.

Make use of our knowledge, when you want to launch telemedicine initiatives, buy or further develop software solutions.

We are working on a telemedicine software ecosystem that creates momentum for telemedicine and welfare technology. OpenTele has been developed and matured through use in a number of projects and the platform is well on track to achieve its mission to be the cornerstone of an open source ecosystem that will ensure better and more inexpensive telemedicine solutions to the public sector, based on standardised interfaces.

We are working on a modularisation of the telemedicine platform OpenTele. The work is carried out on behalf of 4S, the Foundation for Software-based Health Services.

We want to develop the current architecture and procedures for deployment to support a multi-vendor strategy. A modularisation of the current code base can also make maintenance and further development more effeciently and provide greater reusability of individual components across solutions. Finally, the current OpenTele implementation can be brought to use to a greater extent the international standards and interfaces that are adopted in the Danish reference architecture for collecting health data from citizens.

We offer welfare technological advice to private and public customers on new markets and benefits realisation, and we put together a day programme based on the customer's current situation. The activities that can also be in the nature of inspirational and idea generating activities can be arranged for a large group of people or can take the form of more targeted sparring with a small number of people.

Do you need to evaluate the effect of the many new welfare technologies? By means of user-driven innovation processes, we have developed an evaluation tool that makes sense for both those to be evaluated, and those who are to use the results.

Based on user behaviour we have incorporated new ideas into the design of an evaluation tool and tested it in close collaboration with the users. The result is a mobile evaluation tool that creates dialogue between users of technology and staff. At the same time the management gets thorough evaluations that can be used to decide which technologies the public sector should invest in.

Contact us when you are to start using new welfare technology or want to know how to improve what you are using today.

We help to USE OpenTele as a telehealth platform. Get knowledge about how to configure and integrate solutions and how to develop modules.

We help to DEVELOP and implement concrete telehealth processes, both technologically and organisationally. This includes designing processes as well as IT support of OpenTele.

We help to TEST whether you or your supplier’s technology can interact with the national reference architecture. Do you work with IT solutions that you want to be made according to one of the Danish reference architectures? We offer to test your company's solution against the reference architecture for collecting health data in the home and the reference architecture for sharing documents and images. We issue a certificate to verify that your company's product meets the recommendations of the reference architecture.

 

We have developed a number of solutions within medical simulation intended for visualisation and training of surgeons. This includes ear surgery, heart surgery and an atlas of the body. In particular, our ear simulator is used by surgeons worldwide.

If you work with medical 3D data sets we can help you handle data from different MRI and CT modalities and images from cryo section. Our experience includes e.g.:

  • Deformed and rigid registration
  • Segmentation
  • Generating polygon-based geometry from segmentations
  • Realistic volume rendering
  • Combined volume rendering and polygon rendering

We offer assistance in all the steps of the process from processing the raw image data through segmentation and generation of 3D geometry for visualisation and possible simulation of the interaction of different tissue types. In all parts of this process, we can further assist in reducing computation times through our extensive experience with GPU acceleration.

Cases / User involvement

Nedenfor kan du se udvalgte cases, som vi har løst inden for ydelset User involvement

Cases / Telemedicine

Nedenfor kan du se udvalgte cases, som vi har løst inden for ydelset Telemedicine

Cases / Evaluation and advice

Nedenfor kan du se udvalgte cases, som vi har løst inden for ydelset Evaluation and advice

Cases / Design and software development

Nedenfor kan du se udvalgte cases, som vi har løst inden for ydelset Design and software development

Cases / Medical image analysis and simulation

Nedenfor kan du se udvalgte cases, som vi har løst inden for ydelset Medical image analysis and simulation

Do you need independent advice on software architecture and open source technologies?

Contact us for details.

Contact
Head of Health IT Lab, Professor, Dr.scient.
+45 20 26 99 11
Profilbillede af Morten Kyng See profile
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