The Västerbotten Cluster
Västerbotten Lans Lanstinget is the authority responsible for health services to the 255 000 inhabitants of Västerbotten County, and specialised medical care to the four northernmost counties in Sweden, approx. 900 000 people. The County Council has around 10,000 employees and operates three hospitals, and 36 primary health care centers. With a regional assembly of elected politicians, the council board can be compared to a regional ministry, however, with limited legislative power. The council is also responsible for research activities, and has been developing and implementing eHealth research strategies since 1999.
Umeå Universitet is the principal university for the northern part of Sweden, with, about 32,000 students, 4,300 staff, 1,700 courses and 120 major study programs. The University has close ties with various stakeholders in regional and local development, and with the county council of Västerbotten is responsible for the Norrlands University Hospital – the main regional hospital for the North of Sweden.
Explizit AB is an SME R&D Company with a focus on wireless communication technology and transactions. The head office is located in Skellefteå, Sweden and currently has 45 employees. The company is owned by Argentum Group, an experienced and motivated IT consultancy company. Explizit has experience of developing remote medical monitoring and wireless and mobile devices for healthcare applications. Explizit will be in charge for the exploitation of the projects results and will contribute to the analysis and design of the ICT related technological and business aspects, with particular focus on wireless communication technology and transactions.