The Health Engineering Area of Advance supports the development of new technology and innovative solutions that enable research at Chalmers to help solve health challenges in society, in line with the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals.
The goals for the 2030 Agenda can only be achieved by stimulating collaboration with actors at international, national, regional and local levels. Utilisation of new technology and knowledge and development of new innovations can take place via arenas that act as catalysts for multidisciplinary collaborations.
The driving force of the Area of Advance in the form of challenges
Challenge 1: Health – changed population and new diseases
A population that includes a higher proportion of ageing people, who are also living longer, increases the need to be able to manage a larger number of patients with both new and age-related diseases, a higher frequency of cancers, and additional multimorbidity patients diagnosed with chronic diseases. Development of diagnostics, treatment and new forms of healthcare systems are required to give these patients a life of dignity.
Through research into prevention, methods and dissemination of new knowledge about food and lifestyle we can attain new solutions and good lifestyle habits that help individuals live a healthy life for longer – in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.
Challenge 2: Health – increased need for healthcare in a society with limited resources
Cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic and rare genetic diseases are extremely draining for individuals, families and society and require development of new healthcare systems for implementation of personal, preventive, participatory and predictive care.
This creates the need for new methods with which to determine risk factors in patients, early diagnosis of diseases and new ways of involving patients so that they play a more active part in the care process. This must take place concurrently with an adaptation to society’s limited resources and to the need for new forms of care. Additionally, we need to be prepared for new threats such as the global spread of antibiotic resistance.
Challenge 3: Health, climate and sustainability
A changed climate is a factor that will also have a major impact on the field of health. In Sweden we are starting to see entirely new disease landscapes, at the same time that both premises and activities in health and care must be adapted to a warmer and wetter climate. Furthermore, development of new technology in areas such as energy and transport can contribute to better health through reduced emissions, which is why collaboration with other Areas of Advance at Chalmers is important.
It is therefore also important that new innovations of high medical value meet clinical requirements and are sustainable in terms of technology, usefulness and energy consumption. This necessitates technical and organisational research and innovation, ranging from sensors that use less energy to modified working methods in the healthcare system so that equipment is used more efficiently.
Read more about our specialisations in the profile areas of the Area of Advance.
Read more about our activities in the section about the strategic activities of the Area of Advance.
Read more about our external partners in the section about the external collaboration of the Area of Advance.