Digital Health Lab at RISE SICS - A national eHealth competence centre
The citizens of Sweden and beyond expect an evolution in the way quality care and healthcare are accessed and delivered. ICT tools, enabling eHealth services and the ongoing society digitalisation, leave no room for idling regarding the needed developing and transforming of the health and care sectors. The citizens, patients, relatives, informal carers and the staff in the social care and healthcare sectors are at the forefront to benefit from such evolution.
Here, the stakeholders like municipalities, county councils, regions, government, other related public and private organizations including research & innovation, and not the least the industry, have all significant collaborative roles to play – in making digitalisation the enabling tool for citizens’ and patient’ focussed and co-produced social care and healthcare.
The challenges include meeting citizens’ expectations and the sustainability of public finances with regard to social care and healthcare systems due to the demographic ageing society with age related health issues. Fortunately, this opens up for innovative solutions, new businesses, new expanding international markets and export possibilities.
Experiences and skills at the Digital Health Lab at RISE SICS
The Lab has long experience in collaborating with care and healthcare providers, including industry, to develop innovative eHealth enabled solutions. This includes e.g. eHealth enabled solutions that integrate primary and secondary healthcare with municipality based home-care and care in out-door environment to support patients/clients with chronic health conditions. One of the specialties of the Lab is, in cooperation with industry, to develop innovative eHealth based solutions that support older persons to an increased independence and being able to stay longer in at-home environment. The Lab is also, from time to time, assigned by health authorities to investigate strategic health issues where eHealth solutions are seen as a potential enabler. The expertise of the Lab includes sectors like Standardisation, Interoperability, Visualization & Human Machine Interface, Data Security and Privacy, Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Sensor Technology – and in addition, a broad knowledge of organisation and financing of social care and healthcare sectors.
Per-Olof Sjöberg, head of the Lab and manager of the Business and Innovation Area, eHealth, at RISE SICS, together with his staff, is determined to cooperate with all related stakeholders to develop and transform social care and healthcare to meet the expectations of citizens, patients and health staff in accessing and delivering eHealth enabled, cost-contained, efficient, quality care and quality healthcare.
EU and international cooperation’s
The Digital Health Lab is engaged in several EU co-funded projects in different eHealth applications (e.g. telehealth, telecare, mHealth). The experience from EU and international cooperation is very good in a mutual enhanced-experience atmosphere. The Lab is very interested in further EU and international cooperation.
Partners for cooperation welcome
During the past years the Digital Health Lab at RISE SICS has developed a network of very experienced partners for cooperation, nationally and internationally. Along with the digitalisation in society, broader width and depth of eHealth enabled solutions are required in many different areas of social care and healthcare and interconnected. This requires more often a multidisciplinary approach, including specific knowledge in e.g. economy & finance, reimbursements & business models, medical specialties, general medical practices, nursing health, public health, health technology assessment (HTA), laws and legal framework, ethical issues, health strategies and health policies. The Lab welcomes contacts, national and international, for possible cooperation.
Hälsans nya verktyg
Hälsans nya verktyg is a member organization hosted by RISE SICS that helps you in health, nursing and care to discover digitization opportunities by providing knowledge, inspiration and meetings. This is done by developing and disseminating case studies that demonstrate implementation of digital solutions in health care with respect to the needs of solution beneficial effects, organization, communication and learning. Read more: (in Swedish) www.hnv.se/nyttiga-exempel . Hälsans nya verktyg gather relevant information through extensive national and international intelligence regarding the implementation of e-health and welfare technology. The information is disseminated through presentations, meetings and newsletters. Hälsans nya verktyg has over twelve years of experience in the area and over 150 members with extensive knowledge in different areas. Together, this represents a unique knowledge base.