Sammanfattning session 3 på Nordic Future Forum okt 2018

A Nergårdh, four minutes summery of the third session:


3. Patients’ needs as the starting point – Aligning technology development with the needs of patient

Your excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

The needs of our patients, and our peoples, must be the starting point of everything we do in health care. Including technology.

New and improved technology provides great opportunities to improve care, in several ways. By making it more person-centered, by bringing care closer to the patients, by facilitating the integration of care and – not least- by providing care in ways that are more responsive to the specific needs, preferences and resources of the individual in question.

At its best, technology can be an important enabler, empowering patients. Allowing and facilitating for those who can, and want to, take more responsibility for their own health. Thereby also liberating scarce resources for those who need more support from society. This was a theme that was clearly stated in our discussions.

To seize this opportunity, we must ensure that we take the patient’s needs as both the starting point and the guiding star of everything we do. That we use technology as a tool to help us fulfil the goal of ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for our peoples.

We discussed how new technology can make a change to improve people´s health by working toward a health and care system that is for people, by people and with people. By

  • creating an authorizing environment
  • design out problems and increase usability
  • address social behavior drivers of health, and
  • empower citizens, clinicians and researchers through data.

We also discussed how to increase patient´s empowerment and involvement in their own health care, by using digital disease management programs for patients with diabetes or COPD, a lung disease. The focus is on adding value for patients and health professionals, and always evaluate in relation to three key questions:

  1. Does the solution contribute with clinical and patient experienced quality?
  2. Does the solution save time for the patient and the heath care professional?
  3. Is the solution cost-effective compared to current clinical practice?

We heard about an astonishing finish work with Kardiokompassi, an easy access, interactive webtool for every person to predict and prevent heart disease. Saving lifes and costs to the society. And also in a most elegant way enabling use of genomics in preventive health care.

We discussed the matter of integrity, and the obvious connection to people´s confidence and trust in our future health care systems, through high transparency in how data is being used.

To conclude, we see great potential in how technology can help us, not only to increase efficacy, facilitate and contribute to patient centered care for everyone. To distribute scarce resources where they are needed the most, in this, creating affordable health care systems and always with patient´s needs as our starting point. But also, to increase inclusion in society for those with special or more complex needs, thereby contributing to ensure health for all. However, we must take careful note to design services in a way to support this. Not only to make it easier for those who already have an easy access to health care services. But also to use new technology to increase empowerment for those who need it the most, thereby being even more successful in creating a future health care system where no one is left behind. To achieve this, we need to see technology as enabler of development of sustainable health care systems, not as a separate track or goal in itself.

Thank you.

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