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Collaboration forms the future of care

Published: 26 April 2018

The number of elderly is increasing and the workforce in healthcare is decreasing. In a newly launched project, companies, healthcare, researchers, and citizens will test and evaluate new working methods and technologies.

– In the longterm we have to use more technology in the future so we can ensure good care and healthcare and make the number of staff adequate. The technology can also promote the individual's security, participation and integrity, says project manager Per-Olof Egnell, Operations Manager of the Center for Innovation and eHälsa, EIC.

The aim of the project is to increase collaboration between companies, care and healt care services, patients and researchers to jointly develop products and services for the care and health care market needs. At university, an apartment is being built, which will be ready for use in the fall.

– In the collaborative environment, the parties should be able to develop and test their solutions in close collaboration with the end-user, which may be both healthcare professionals, patients, users, relatives and researchers. There is also the opportunity to acquire knowledge throughout the care and health care process in order to be able to produce and deliver products and services demanded, says Per-Olof Egnell.

– The cooperation environment should also result in joint development and research projects. We try to capture the needs and find out what development projects we will run together with healthcare, researchers and technology companies, said Maria Jansson, project manager for the project.

The project is run by Luleå University of Technology, the municipalities of Norrbotten and Region of Norrbotten. The companies Tieto Sweden Healthcare & Welfare AB, Alkit Communications and Skyresponse AB are partners that specialize in e-health and digital technology in healthcare.

The project organizes meetings, seminars, events and workshops for researchers, companies, healthcare and patient and retirement organizations.

Why is the project interesting to you?

Lars Ragnarsson, Tieto Sweden Healthcare & Welfare

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– This is a typical part of our strategy in the future. We want our product development to benefit you and me as a user or patient. As a supplier, our part is to come up with with solutions. We have a university and research that we can take advantage of and push the development even further, and then there is a recipient in the form of municipality and county council. The project attracts us with the whole work chain of going from a needs analysis to come up with solutions, instead of doing the opposite.

Lisa Lundgren, Region of Norrbotten

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– For the Region Norrbotten, it is interesting from several perspectives, partly we have invested with Luleå University of Technology and now with the municipalities of Norrbotten in EIC, which is a common center formation. Then this project becomes a very concrete way to start doing things together within the framework of EIC and gather different actors. Secondly, we are working on a new strategy for the future health and care of 2035, where we will need completely new types of solutions, so we need a lot of interaction with different types of actors. We see this project as a big step to jointly test and develop solutions.

Rolf Johansson, Skyresponse

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– We think this is interesting because it provides an opportunity to get in touch with the future healthcare, and not least with those who will work in healthcare, as it involves research and education. We see this project as an opportunity to come into contact with the future and the demands that will be made of alarm solutions.

Lars-Åke Johansson, Alkit AB

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– I am looking to find opportunities and needs through this dialogue and develop future care and health care services that are patient-oriented, and provide opportunities to respond to the increased need for care and health care that exists with an aging population. Her i Norrbotten, I think there are a number of conditions that you may even underestimate a little. The communication paths between different main players are shorter and this could be a very creative environment to create and try out new services together. It is also important that the activities and patients participate in the learning process, so that we constantly modify and adjust things.

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Per-Olof Egnell

Per-Olof Egnell, Operational Manager

Phone: +46 (0)920 492089
Organisation: eHealth Innovation Centre, Department of Health, Education and Technology