UMeHealth is a regional competence centre for research, education and collaboration on intelligent, person-tailored eHealth interventions, behaviour change systems and decision support. UMeHealth strives to be a cross-disciplinary meeting point that transcends knowledge domains and engages citizens in developing their future digital tools for improving health and wellbeing.
Umeå University Health Lab
Research and education in eHealth
Future digital tools for preventing diseases, increase wellbeing, diagnose and treat different medical conditions will to large extent be based on new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and interaction technologies that bridges distances and borders between physical and digital environments.
UMeHealth conducts research on decision support, behavior change technology and digital interventions that are personalized, preventive, predictive, knowledge and evidence-based, and developed through participatory design methodologies. This means that citizens and professionals in the daily clinical practice actively contribute to and participate in research and development of new health-promoting digital tools. This is done in collaboration with Region Västerbotten and other organisations in society, e.g., patient interest organisations.
Research and education in medical informatics and eHealth has been provided by Umeå University more than 20 years and is engaging increasing number of researchers. UMeHealth has since its initiation in 2015 addressed the need for a multidisciplinary research environment that spans across organisational, faculty and discipline borders, and that can function as infrastructure for research, education and collaboration in eHealth. The environment engages around 100 employees at the different faculties at Umeå University and Region Västerbotten.
In order to achieve person-tailored, adaptive interventions, often methods from the AI field need to be developed and applied, and technologies developed and evaluated. Therefore, UMeHealth consists of a theme environment that organizes seminars and workshops (Theme eHealth) and of laboratory environments, partly developed and built in collaboration with Region Västerbotten. These are used for developing new eHealth interventions together with users and test these.
UMeHealth also supports development of cross-faculty education in eHealth on different education levels. A course on AI-based eHealth for doctoral students has been developed.
Göran Larsson, Head of Research and Development, Region Västerbotten Emil Forsberg, Umeå municipality Åsa Hörnsten, Professor at Department of Nursing, Umeå University Per Hallberg, Head of Unit, MT-FoU, Region Västerbotten Helena Lindgren, Coordinator UMeHealth, Associate professor at Department of Computing Science, Umeå University Andreas Lundqvist, Head of Unit, Rural Medicine Centre, Region Västerbotten Ingeborg Nilsson, Professor at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Units: Occupational Therapy, Umeå University Marlene Sandlund, Senior lecturer at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Units: Physiotherapy, Umeå University Tobias Stenlund, Postdoctor at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Units: Physiotherapy, Umeå University Karin Wadell, Professor, clinical at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Units: Physiotherapy, Umeå University Sara Winqvist, Head of eHealth department, Region Västerbotten