Graduate school to promote digitalisation in healthcare

Jönköping University (JU) is taking forward a new knowledge collaboration for heath innovation and is now looking for comapnies that want employees to participate in a graduate school and become PhDs.

Employees who are studying at the graduate school, will also becomes part of a network that develops innovation and new knowledge about societal challenges, which benefits the development of companies and not least society at large.

“Digital tools have long existed in health care. The aids we use to measure blood sugar, blood pressure or weight loss are all examples of this and the need for new smart solutions is constantly increasing. In order to be involved and drive development forward, new innovations need to be developed. For example, it can be about completely new health innovations such as development of apps, new products and services, or digitization of existing products,” says Sofie Fristedt, who is leading the project at the School of Health and Welfare at JU.

Higher education institutions, regions and business community to participate

The new knowledge collaboration will involve seven universities as well as various regions and the business community. The Knowledge Foundation (KK-Stiftelsen) has also supported the project with SEK 25 million. Together, the parties involved will form a creative environment where education and product and service development go hand in hand.

“There can be good collaboration without there being a vulnerable competitive situation between different companies. In networks, we can exchange ideas and knowledge as well as learn from existing research, and at the same time drive both the research area and innovation solutions forward,” says Sofi Fristedt.

The graduate school will contribute with new innovations, and not least provide companies and organizations with cutting-edge expertise linked to digital innovation in health care.

“The close connection between companies and research paves the way for knowledge-based innovations that can be quickly put into practice. It will be a win-win for both the companies, the universities, and equally, the future users,” says Sofi Fristedt.

Background facts:

The higher education institutions included are Halmstad University (who is coordinating the project), Jönköping University, Blekinge University of Technology, Mid Sweden University, Mälardalen University, Skövde University and University West.

Business, regions and municipalities around Sweden are also involved. The project will start at the end of March 2022 and the first round of doctoral students will be accepted in the autumn.