Presenting at Vitalis Together with Region Uppsala: “Alone we are strong, together we are unbeatable: Experiences from collaboration related to research and digitalization of health care”.

Birgitta Wallgren from Region Uppsala, Gunilla Myreteg from Uppsala University and I will be presenting our collaboration at Vitalis 2018. 🙂

Our abstract in English is: 

Region Uppsala is committed to becoming a leader in eHealth in Sweden, and today the region is at the forefront of digitalization. As part of this effort, the Region cooperates with researchers from Uppsala University in a program with several parts. In this presentation will present our collaboration under the theme: “Alone we are strong – together we are unbeatable”. We will also advise other county councils and universities about this type of cooperation.

The collaboration between Uppsala University includes a research project funded by Forte, focusing on the effects of digitization on the nurse’s work environment, which will result in a framework and concept for introducing IT systems focusing on occupational safety issues. So far, the project has focused on studying the effects of digitization, and studies have begun in oncology, children’s hospital and in surgery. The region participates in the project’s reference group with staff from different parts of the hospital, and will also participate actively in the process of developing the framework that will be tested in the region before the project ends.

Uppsala Region and the researchers also have extensive cooperation on the introduction of a Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records where Uppsala University coordinated researchers from all over the country in a consortium.

The collaboration also includes seminars, workshops and education.
Researchers from the university offer lectures for the region’s staff a few times per semester, and the subjects vary from time to time. We have, for example, held seminars on the digital work environment, Scrum and usability and Implementation.

Within the framework of the cooperation, there is also the project course “IT in society” where the region acts as the client of various investigations. The subject of the cooperation varies from year to year. Last year, an investigation was conducted into the technical future, and this year, students are studying how positioning systems can be used in future care to improve efficiency.

Finally, the program includes collaboration on the design and implementation of IT. The researchers have participated and worked on the design of a new operational planning system, and participated in the evaluations of the impact of the implementation. The researchers have also worked to visualize decision support with health care.

We will finish the presentation by advising other county councils who want to build a similar collaboration between research and development. Nice finish is missing.