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Promoting new innovations for implementation in medicine and industry

We are moving towards a more person-centered care, and it is the interaction between medicine and technology that makes it possible. Therefore, the Stockholm-based Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Karolinska Institutet (KI) are working together in order to create better development opportunities where research results are translated into reality with new innovations for implementation in medicine and industry.

A new specialist hospital is being built in Solna, Stockholm. The number of beds is estimated to be about 30 percent less than previously planned, which is a major challenge for the health care system in Stockholm. This initially brings on an increased need to develop additional health services and creating specialised centers in other hospitals in the Stockholm-region. The biggest change, however, is achieved by creating better models to treat patients more effectively.
This offers an opportunity and challenge for regional medical technology development where Stockholm south has been assigned as academic and clinical headquarter. KTH is in the process of having premises developed and built for education as well as research and development in the technical field at Flemingsberg. This building will integrate different actors in the field of “Technology for Health”; academy, health and social care and industry.

Collaboration is the key to success
Through collaboration, new research at KI and the Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC) and the School of Technology and Health (STH) at KTH intends to identify opportunities to introduce new medical technology for diagnostics and treatment, secure patient safety and logistics based on a more person-centered care. The Stockholm healthcare system built for the future will be able to take advantage of new research from both STH and CLINTEC and their collaborators.
The vision for collaboration between KI/CLINTEC and KTH/STH is to establish confidence in that medical innovations needs technology and vice versa; that 1+1=3. Locally this will counteract the negative aspects of Stockholm being academically divided in a medical respectively a technical university as medicine and technology are areas that are increasingly integrated today.
“Health care is becoming more and more technically oriented. Research and innovation requires greater collaboration between disciplines in order to develop and we must find new forms of collaboration or even professions to jointly create a health care system that we want and need in the future”, underlines Professor Birgitta Janerot Sjöberg at CLINTEC.
“Information exchange between the academy and the clinic must improve if we are to achieve the vision of a more person-centered care in accordance with the objectives for the development of future health care. In addition, we need to develop models of how to treat more patients at home instead of in hospital. We have several projects that examine these possibilities right now”, says Professor Björn-Erik Erlandsson at STH.

Technology and medicine are integrated
One particular project explores the possibilities of lifelong residency, where patients are able to stay at home and still get the care that they need. “With access to new technologies and new models of care, more and more patients are treated at home. With new technological solutions, multi-ill patients are monitored while retaining their freedom in living their lives in their own home instead of in hospital”, Björn-Erik Erlandsson continues.
The principles of personalised medicine are already in place in several areas, including in regenerative and implant technology. Dental implants are manufactured with the patient’s own teeth as a model. There are great opportunities in health care based on the same model as for implant development. The common denominator is that technology and medicine are integrated and work together.