Health care in the 21st century

The aim of this project is to generate new knowledge about how competence can be assured and how new technology can be utilized in response to the changing conditions in the health care sector. The project will start in the spring of 2018 and run for three years.

Labor shortage and recruitment

An aging population, technological development and changing needs will increase the demand for health care. With current working practices and staffing, recruiting personnel will be one of the greatest challenges facing the health- and caringcare providersservices. Large retirements and trained personnel leaving the caring sector create shortages of personnelMore and more healthcare workers are retiring, while many skilled personnel are leaving the healthcare sector for other work, creating personnel shortages. At the same time, inadequate numbers are undergoing training. Today the healthcare sector is already facing an acute labor shortage. According to Statistics Sweden, by 2025 the Swedish health care 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 health care. 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 health care sector. First, how can the supply of skilled workers be guaranteed? Second, how can the benefits of new technology be leveraged in this area?

Facts about the project

Previous activities

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: Health care in the 21st century

Funding and reference group

The reference group consists of Apoteket, AstraZeneca, Bräcke Diakoni, Frisq, Inera, MedLearn, Min Doktor, Praktikertjänst, 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, Temabo, Swedish Higher Education Authority, Vinnova and Swedish Association of Health Professionals.

Time frame



Research Director
Gabriella Chirico Willstedt
+46 (0)722 43 41 08