The Swedish government has initiated a national digitization agenda, with the goal of Sweden becoming the most prominent digital user in the world. The aim of eHealth is to improve the health, participation, and independence of patients in Swedish society. The initiative also aims to contribute to proper working conditions for employees in healthcare and social care. The healthcare workforce needs access to the right information, at the right time, in the right place.
This is an interview with Patrik Sundström, who is a program manager for eHealth at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions governs the eHealth initiative. The Association represents and acts on the initiative of all municipalities, county councils, and regions in Sweden. It also collaborates with other independent actors in the area of eHealth.
This interview describes some of the challenges of introducing new information technology systems and how those systems can improve patient care for both patients and providers.