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.

Labour 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 caring services. Large retirements and trained personnel leaving the caring sector create shortages of personnel; at the same time, inadequate numbers are undergoing training. Today the health and caring sector is already facing an acute manpower shortage. According to Statistics Sweden, by 2025 the Swedish health care sector will be missing 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 and innovation will further increase the cost of Swedish health care. However, with the right management and implementation, technological advances can create scope for new working practices, and possibly facilitate recruitment.

Focus of this research project will be on two key dimensions of the structural transformation facing the health care sector. First, how can the supply of skills be guaranteed? And secondly, how can the benefits of new technology come to use?

Facts about the project

Previous activities

21/3 2018: Roundtable discussion on elderly care
9/11 2017: How do we make Sweden best at eHealth?
2/7 2017: SNS at Almedalen: Health care in the 21st century

Funding and reference group

SNS is now looking for individuals and organizations who want to engage in the research project, either by taking part in the reference group or by offering financial support. If you want to learn more, contact Evelina Björkegren, Research Director at SNS.

Time frame



Research Director
Evelina Björkegren
tel: 08-507 025 73, 070-146 64 10
Project Manager
Johanna Öqvist
tel: 08-507 025 44, 0701-46 65 54