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The University Hospital of North Norway (Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine) was designated as the first World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine and eHealth in July 2002, and re-designated in 2006, 2010, and 2014. The activities of the centre cover the major aspects of e-health and telemedicine. The collaboration is based on the Terms of Reference which includes country work, research and dissemination, e-learning, advisory service and resource mobilization, detailed in the work-plan.

The designation was made by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Like all WHO collaborating centres, the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research is also a collaborating centre for WHO headquarters in Geneva.

A WHO collaborating centre is a national institution designated by the Director-General of the World Health Organization to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of WHO's mandate for international health work and its programme priorities. Today WHO has more than 700 collaborating centres in 80 countries. More information on WHO collaborating centres.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference indicate the broad areas of activities undertaken by the NST. The parties agree on a work-plan covering a two year periode of time.  Activities are reviewed as required and action taken in line with new situations and requests from member states. Any changes in activities will have to be approved by both parties. The Terms of  Reference were revised in connection with the re-designation in 2010, as described in the letter of 22 September 2010.

1. Country work

To provide telemedicine and e-health advice to WHO and its Member States to improve health system and citizens involvement in health promotion, prevention and service. 

2. Research and dissemination

To support WHO and its Member States in

  1. identifying and developing an evidence base on the use of telemedicine and e-health for improving access to and quality of health service delivery, and enhancing performance of health service providers. 
  2. contributing to telemedicine and e-health knowledge generation, and dissemination, through the collection of publicly available information on the applications and impact of telemedicine and e-health.

3. E-learning/human resources development 

To facilitate and develop e-learning programs as means for health system capacity building.