Tor 2 dec / År 39 / Nr 4 2021

Life Science 2021

The task of developing the healthcare systems, technology and treatments of the future requires a much sharper focus on facilitating collaboration across borders. Not only geographical – but across disciplines as well. Gothenburg has a strong and growing Life Science cluster which deserves to be highlighted from a national point of view.

Halland is home to the healthcare pioneers

Halmstad University, Region Halland, all municipalities in Halland and the region’s business sector are investing in information driven care through a joint innovation centre called Leap for Life. The centre brings together competences in business development, healthcare development and research in order to develop the healthcare of the future using AI.

The healthcare sector, as well as the world at large, are in the midst of great challenges. Pandemics, an aging population, and fewer caring hands require new solutions in order to maintain good healthcare. Using artificial intelligence (AI) to draw conclusions about collected health data enables healthcare staff and hospital managements to make more informed decisions, which in turn makes way for more personalised care. The concept is called information driven care and is the focus of the innovation centre Leap for Life.

“To solve the challenges that healthcare faces, we all need to work together. With Leap for Life, we gather partners to collaborate, enable innovation and act as the driving force for change within healthcare – regionally, nationally and internationally”, says Anne-Christine Hertz, Manager at Leap for Life.

Halland has the right conditions for development 

By using AI, there are some great development opportunities within healthcare.

“The care of the future will not be designed in the same way as today. Thanks to advanced systems based on AI, healthcare providers can make faster and better decisions, among other things. The entire care system can be developed to become more efficient, while maintaining quality, by combining the best of several worlds. Success revolves around letting health data meet AI”, Anne-Christine Hertz explains.

Leap for Life is a development and renewal of the Centre for Health Technology Halland (HCH) which started in 2009. Just like HCH, Leap for Life is co-owned by Halmstad University, Region Halland and all municipalities in Halland (Halmstad, Laholm, Hylte, Falkenberg, Varberg and Kungsbacka). Leap for Life has its premises at Halmstad University, and the University is also the host organisation for the innovation centre.

Business plays a key role

The collaboration between academia, business and the public sector is central to all activities within Leap for Life, just as it has been for HCH.

“Leap for Life gathers the necessary ecosystem of competences; care development, business development and research, that are needed for Halland's unique venture in information driven care. Halland has the conditions required for taking the step towards our future healthcare”, says Magnus Clarin, Dean of the School of Information Technology at Halmstad University.

As a complement to Leap for Life, a new research profile is being set up at Halmstad University; CAISR Health. Together with Region Halland and a number of Swedish companies – Cambio, Capio Sweden, Hallandia V, InterSystems, Mölnlycke, Novartis and Visiba Care – the projects within CAISR Health will develop and implement new AI tools for better healthcare.

“We have high ambitions with the CAISR Health initiation and are very happy with prospective company collaborations. Healthcare faces major challenges, but together we can contribute to important solutions for sustainable and equal care”, says Magnus Clarin.