New technical solutions will play a key role to improve highly specialised care and distributed care, but will also be used preventively by healthy individuals and to improve general health. New technology also offers a heightened quality of life for patients and the opportunity for them to play a greater part in their own diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.
Healthcare costs are rising in relation to GNP due to an ageing population and the fact that we today have technology that can diagnose and treat many previously untreated diseases. At the same time, new technologies offer more efficient patient care that is also more cost-effective for society and for the healthcare sector.
Chalmers has an internationally strong research environment in medical engineering, such as within biomechanics, vascular surgery, bone-anchored hearing aids, AI, AR and image analysis, new emerging methods for diagnostics and treatment including both microwave technology and magnetoencephalography (MEG) as well as biosensors.
Extensive collaboration between many different stakeholders, including academia, care providers and industry is a prerequisite for success. A shared vision, substantial trust and not least expertise from all parties involved are required to build the necessary multidisciplinary structure.
Key actors that the profile area will work with are the research centre MedTech West, Sahlgrenska Science Park and Smart Textiles in Borås.