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Use of AI in Swedish healthcare accelerating thanks to new strong partnership

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

AI Innovation of Sweden and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) are establishing a new innovation environment so that Swedish healthcare can offer a more information-driven, personalised and scalable healthcare with the use of AI. It takes place in a close partnership between public, private and academic parties.

Swedish health and medical care face major challenges that cannot solved merely by individual parties or by providing additional resources. How we use data and information in healthcare will play an important role for safer and more efficient care. It requires new ways of working and more collaboration.

"We believe that this project will be able to really accelerate the use of AI in Swedish healthcare and provide results on a system level as well as for individual patients. This includes establishing better conditions for precision medicine, preventive care and follow-up, as well as advanced analysis in order to optimise care flows and planning. In this connection, we look forward to new types of partnerships involving industry and academics," says Johanna Bergman, project manager at AI Innovation of Sweden.

The initial phase is being financed with SEK 10 million per year, of which 5 million come from Vinnova via the program for vision-driven health and an equal amount from the project participants. Within the innovation environment, regions and healthcare providers at the leading edge within AI can advance their own work an additional step, share their experience and establish conditions for implementation of solutions for other parties.

"This initiative for vision-driven health can help us become even better at using AI and health data to improve quality and accessibility for healthcare."

"Here in Sweden, we are recognised as being innovative and good at collaborating across organisational boundaries. This initiative for vision-driven health can help us become even better at using AI and health data to improve quality and accessibility for healthcare," says Louise Callenberg, head of section 'digital samverkan och förnyelse' at SKL.

Region Halland and Halmstad University are leading within information-driven care, which has also piqued interest nationally and internationally. Halland's experience and solutions spread to Karolinska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Region Örebro County in parallel with identification and promotion of new leading initiatives.

"The opportunity to build coherent, safe and effective care increases dramatically when you make use of all of the information that is constantly generated. By using the latest tools, we provide new insights as to how we can develop healthcare. I call it information-driven healthcare where facts are the basis of our values," says Markus Lingman, doctor and developmental strategist at Region Halland.


Cooperating in the initial phase are AI Innovation of Sweden, SKL, Region Halland, Halmstad University, and Innovationsplatsen, Karolinska University Hospital. The project will last for five years and active work to invite and identify new participants takes place continuously. From the very beginning, the Agency for Digital Governance (DIGG), Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Region Västra Götaland), Region Örebro County, Örebro University, Halmstad Municipality and Kungsbacka Municipality, among others, expressed interest in contributing and participating. 


Read the pressrelease in Swedish