The 1999 Telenor Research Award has been given to the Telepathology Group within the telemedicine project in Tromsø. The group gets the prize for its contributions to develop and promote telepathology as a methode within telemedicine. The award money of NOK 250,000 is Friday handed over in Langesund, at the the annual gathering for the Norwegian electronics and computer trades.
The Telepathology Group har succeeded in transforming applied research to practical results within an area that will be of great importance, both from a welfare and an economic point of view. The Group started its work in Tromsø in 1989 and was pioneers in establishing a completely new research area. Since then, they have won considerable international recognition for their contributions.
The Telepathology Group consists of Professor Tor J. Eide, Dept of Pathology, National Hospital, Oslo, Dr Ivar Nordrum, Dept of Pathology, University Hospital, Tromsø, Director Bjørn Engum, Aust-Agder Central Hospital, Research Director Birger Nymo and Senior Consultant Eivind Rinde, both Telenor R&D.;
A special achievement of the Group has been the multi-disciplinary research. They have combined expertise from different fields, such as data technology, telecommunication and medicine. The result has been methods and equipment for remote diagnostics which to begin with placed them in front internationally. These results are now in daily use in many countries. Another important reason for success has been the Groups ability to develop their ideas and methods in cooperation with those professionals who where the future users of the results.
The work of the Telepathology Group has been a part of the Telemedicine Project in Tromsø. As a result of this, the Department of Telemedicine at the University Hospital in Tromsø was established. There is also a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the WHO (Worlds Health Organisation) with the intention of establishing a “Collaborative Center ” within telemedicine in this Norwegian town. The Center shall cover Europe and parts of Asia.
The Telenor Research Price in telecommunication and IT was established in 1997 in order to emphasize the great significance research and development have in the formation of the information society and to support Norwegian and Nordic efforts in the field. The spesific theme this year was “Advanced applications of new information and communication services”.
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