Tor 26 maj / År 40 / Nr 1 2022

The Centre-right Coalition focuses on knowledge-intensive care

The healthcare of the future is emerging in Stockholm in connection with the construction of the New Karolinska University Hospital. Tomorrow’s healthcare will be more person-centred, knowledge-intensive and not least more specialised. The New Karolinska University Hospital will be able to meet both patients’ and society’s demands while at the same time integrating research and development activities in the day-to-day activities.

The Centre-right Coalition are making considerably large investments in research, development and training activities in conjunction with the building of the New Karolinska University Hospital.
County Commissioner of Health Services Filippa Reinfeldt (M), Stockholm County Council, underlines that it is through investing in research and development that we are able to continue to discover and create new pharmaceutical drugs and even more advanced medical technology. It is important for both patients for the whole of Sweden as a nation in the global Life Science community.
“Ideally, we want to lower the threshold for extensive collaboration between professions. Therefore, we have made substantial investments in a new ten-storey high research facility in close proximity to the New Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, with facilities for both research and education. This will hopefully motivate scientists, physicians and other healthcare professionals to meet and learn from each other. Well-trained employees make up our most important resource”.

Shaping the healthcare of the future
Future healthcare must be more efficient and at the same time more qualitative. The communication process must be simplified; information about the quality of care and where to find the appropriate care must be easier to obtain in order for more people to benefit from a high quality care.
“Firstly, we must make it easier for patients to access their medical record and the outcome of treatments. This information reinforces patient empowerment and will also increase the quality of care. Secondly, we must create a natural focus on patient needs and incorporate that philosophy in all healthcare activities”, says Filippa Reinfeldt.
Cooperation between different healthcare providers, experts and researchers is also becoming more important in the creation of our future healthcare, especially in the pursuit of creating a more person-centred care.
“I believe that we have come very far in Stockholm with a solid foundation for creating a more person-centred care in place. We already provide healthcare that is entirely focused around the patient. An increase in quality is incredibly central to the future development in person-centred care”, Reinfeldt explains.
In order for healthcare resources to be sufficient to cater for a larger number people, the quality of the actual treatments must also be increased. Patients should not have to come in and have surgery a second time just because it was not performed good enough the first time. This compensation model, called quality-driven health care, has already been successfully used for patients having knee or hip replacement surgery.
“The results of the model are clear after evaluation made by the Karolinska Institutet and Harvard Medical School. The number of operations increased by 16 per cent while costs per operation decreased by 17 per cent. Patient satisfaction increased to an almost unbelievable 98 per cent. By focusing more on quality we are able to free resources that can be used in another part of healthcare”.

Stockholm as world leading Life Science cluster
Filippa Reinfeldt describes Stockholm as a powerful force in the development of the Swedish Life Science-sector. She also thinks it is important to continue the pursuit of the positive developments that we are able to witness throughout Swedish healthcare today.
By the time that the New Karolinska University Hospital has opened in 2016 and been allocated some time to initiate closer collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet, there are yet more opportunities to deploy and benefits to be had.
“A lot of our current work within the Centre-right Coalition revolves around the task of getting everyone to collaborate and strive towards common goals. We have a unique opportunity to make Stockholm into a globally leading centre for research and progress within the Life Sciences, if we can work together and make the most out of the resources that we have been granted”, Filippa Reinfeldt says in conclusion.