The eHealth Center is an open and transdisciplinary research centre. It focuses on knowledge generation, exchange and transfer, educating and empowering professionals and citizens using technology so that they can lead a paradigm shift in health. It is people-centred, using research, education and counselling to contribute to social progress and well-being.
The UOC's work in the field of digital health dates back to 2001, when it set up Project Internet Catalonia (a project that was pioneering in Europe and won various awards) under the leadership of Manuel Castells, with the aim of analysing the impact of ICT in various spheres of society and human activity. One of the aspects the project analysed was the field of health and healthcare. This was to be the first of many such multidisciplinary research projects in the field of digital healthcare, well-being and quality of life.