Tis 7 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.

The key role of digital systems in Life Science

Digital solutions for managing, documenting and automating medical test results, analyses, decision-making, statistics, follow-up and product safety checks – all are examples of procedures that require advanced technical systems.

The digital journey in healthcare, medical technology and drug development is in itself an example of how several industries are collaborating to produce more efficient, better and safer medicinal products and therapies. The overall goal is to improve healthcare and support the development of personalised care.

The role of digital systems

TietoEVRY works on behalf of companies in healthtech, medtech, pharmaceutical development and diagnostics. The clients vary from developers in Big Pharma to small start-up biotech companies, operating in different areas but with a lot in common. One very important aspect they have in common is the client base, which at the end line is made up by patients.

Better care requires expanded collaborations between the industries involved in developing and tailoring the healthcare products and services. This in turn is facilitated with the help of digital systems and platforms designed by forward-thinking IT companies that understand challenges and opportunities in the broad Life Science area. Thus, TietoEVRY manifests the key role of digital systems in Life Science.

Making way for development

TietoEVRY is a leading provider of all kinds of IT-related services, as well as complete IT infrastructures and platforms enabling the various partners in Life Science to collaborate across borders. In addition, TietoEVRY offers specialised knowledge and expertise directed at research teams and laboratories. This customer group is expansive, represented by everything from large pharmaceutical companies to small biotech teams and innovators.

The systems and products that TietoEVRY develop are always client-specific. Hospitals and county councils want comprehensive solutions. Diagnostics firms often want specialised tools but do not need an entire IT department.

“Our job is to make our customers’ everyday lives as smooth as possible, and to help them free up more time for essential development using digital tools. Our clients want to develop their core business, whether it is about offering more personalised care to more people or whether it is about testing new drug candidates. Our services make it happen”, says Patric Nilson, Head of health business development at TietoEVRY.

Current trends in Life Science and healthcare

Collecting, managing and storing patient data is a big challenge in healthcare. TietoEVRY develops comprehensive and accessible digital systems and tools which make the task more manageable and efficient.

Take an example. During the current pandemic, large amounts of test data has been and is still being collected. The data needs to be stored safely and managed so that it can be useful for the development of better treatments and possibly even a cure in the future. This is an example of the challenges addressed by TietoEVRY during 2020 and 2021. Another, and possibly related challenge is that more and more clients in Life Science require a single point of contact when it comes to the digitalisation of their systems and services. This is at the same time a perfect opportunity for TietoEVRY.

“We are definitely experiencing a trend where more and more customers are demanding complete solutions from a single supplier. We are that supplier. We are constantly on the hunt for new partners and we are recruiting in different areas. What we can offer is the security of building strong partnerships with a stable and long-term partner covering everything our clients can possibly need when it comes to digital systems”, says Ray Legrand, Head of Laboratory at TietoEVRY.

TietoEVRY in brief

TietoEVRY creates digital advantage for businesses and society. Headquartered in Finland, TietoEVRY employs around 24 000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. TietoEVRY’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 3 billion. The company mission and motto is: Joining forces for a brighter future.