The Northern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Nord RHF) is responsible for public hospitals in northern Norway. It was set up to provide the necessary specialist health services for the population of northern Norway and Svalbard. Its aim is to ensure that patients are treated at the right time and with the most appropriate treatment and for that reason understanding patterns of needs and determinants of health at a local level is paramount.
We spoke to Erik R. Sund, project manager at the Regional Health Authority. He says the Authority uses data to provide an overview of health and health determinants at a local level and the Health Atlas of North Norway is a collaborative project between the Northern Norway Regional Health Authority and the counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.