SKL sees billions in gains within healthtech

22 January, 2019

Digital tools will bring significant economic benefits to welfare services. At the same time as daily life changes for both staff and patients. This is evident from a new financial report from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).

TEXT: KENNY GENBORG

Under the heading “How can the challenges be met?” the SALAR report goes through the effects of a digitalisation strategy that is beginning to take shape in the municipal sector. Digital services-healthtech-can facilitate both financing and the supply of skills.

SALAR refers to global studies that show that up to half of all work activities can be automated within a few decades. This will affect the type of work done by employees, as well as environmental and safety considerations for patients and others dependent on health care services, as well as how society’s financial resources are utilised.

“Technical solutions help prioritise and focus human resources where they are needed most. At the same time, information is becoming available faster and easier for healthcare professionals and patients,” says Ted Ternander, who is responsible for Sahlgrenska Science Park’s accelerator program, where many healthtech companies with new digital services are now venturing out into international markets.

READ MORE: https://www.sahlgrenskasciencepark.se/foretagspark/bolag-i-parken/ (mostly in Swedish)

As more and more Swedes live to be over 80, the opportunities arising from digital solutions become particularly interesting in elderly care, according to SALAR’s financial report.