The aim of this project is to generate new knowledge about how competence can be assured and how new technology can be utilised in response to changing conditions in the healthcare sector.

Labour shortage and recruitment

An ageing population, technological development and changing needs will increase demands for healthcare. With current working practices and staffing, recruiting personnel will be one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare providers. More and more healthcare workers are retiring, while many skilled professionals are leaving the healthcare sector for other work. These two trends have created personnel shortages. At the same time, the number of people who are undergoing training is insufficient to meet replacement. Today, the healthcare sector is already facing an acute labour shortage. According to Statistics Sweden, by 2025 the Swedish healthcare sector will be lacking 90,000 people with the right qualifications.

New technology can help to make better use of resources

There is a risk that the lack of personnel will further increase the cost of Swedish healthcare. However, with the right management and implementation, technological advances can create the scope conditions for new working practices and possibly facilitate recruitment.

This research project will focus on two key dimensions of the structural transformation facing the healthcare sector. First, how can the supply of skilled workers be guaranteed? Second, how can the benefits of new technology be leveraged in this area?


SNS Research Brief 76. Hospital bed capacity and ED crowding – The impact on patient safety
Constant changes – on organization, leadership and work environment in elderly care
The future governance of Swedish healthcare
E-health as apps – data protection and data sharing
The volume-outcome relationship in healthcare
Digital innovation platforms in healthcare: What we can learn from the Swedish Rheumatology Registry
Medical training for future healthcare
Reimbursement models and e-health


June 10, 2020 Legal and governance challenges of e-health
May 5, 2020 The Government’s official investigation of assistive technology in elderly care
March 20, 2019 Reimbursement models and e-health
April 4, 2019 The patient as a resource – patient participation in healthcare
May 5, 2019 Medical training for future healthcare
June 26, 2019 Anna Nergårdh on reorganising healthcare – closer to the patients and strengthened primary care
September 9, 2019 Digital innovation platforms in healthcare
December 18, 2019 Effects of concentrating cancer surgery to fewer hospitals
March 4 2019, The Government’s official investigation of pharmaceuticals presented at SNS
February 19, 2019 Assistive technology in elderly care
November 28, 2018 How can we solve the shortage of specialist nurses?
August 30, 2018: How do we quality-proof digital healthcare?
June 26, 2018: Steering towards equal healthcare
March 21, 2018: Roundtable discussion on elderly care
November 9, 2017: How do we make Sweden best at eHealth?
July 2, 2017: SNS at Almedalen: Healthcare in the 21st century

Funding and reference group

Apoteket, AstraZeneca, Bräcke Diakoni, Frisq, Inera, Kry, MedLearn, Min Doktor, Praktikertjänst, Region Västra Götaland, The Swedish Medical Association, The Swedish Heart and Lung Association, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sophiahemmet, Stockholm County Council, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency, Swedish Higher Education Authority, Vinnova and Swedish Association of Health Professionals.

Time frame



Research Director: Gabriella Chirico Willstedt,

Project manager: Adrian Ekström,, +46 (0)72–251 36 81