The focus in this elective element is on welfare and health technology, – technologies with the potential to promote health. In the Nordic Countries and in Denmark we use the term ‘Welfare Technology’, which refer to technology that prevents, assists or delivers welfare service. Regarding the term ‘Health Technology’ we refer to WHO’s definition that refers to the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives. Internationally the term ‘Assisted living technology’ covers what we define as welfare technology.
Technology has become an increasingly important part of everyday life for all of us, and the use of welfare and health technologies has also become more acceptable and established in healthcare. We see an increased use both in hospitals, communities and in health clinics inclusive by the general practitioner. The citizens might stay longer in their own home with the possibility of obtaining an improved quality of life being more independent and having personal freedom. The development of the community demands innovative skills and theoretically based considerations concerning the use of technology. We need to modernize and optimize public health services related to healthcare correct and an ethically implementation process is essential and of utmost importance to obtain successful results. This requires a thorough introduction to the users of the technologies, e.g. the health professionals and the citizens.
Therefore, all health professions should be introduced to technology and include lessons about welfare and health technologies in their curriculum. It is an important factor as it contributes to an efficient improvement of the areas of nursing, personal care and rehabilitation. In this elective element, there is a strong focus on active student participation in order to achieve the necessary competences regarding the use of technology in healthcare.