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Systems and built environments for health and care

Healthcare systems worldwide face major challenges. An increasing proportion of elderly people and migration create a demographic shift, changing the needs for health and care at society level. The requirements and expectations from inhabitants and society are also changing, and the systems for health and care are often forced to deliver more with the same resources. Technical and medical developments enable more diseases to be treated successfully, and increasing numbers of previously fatal diseases can now be lived with, albeit as chronic and often complex conditions. To address these challenges, systems must be overhauled to adopt a comprehensive approach and combine services, organisation, technology, infrastructure and built environments in new integrated ways.

 

Several of Chalmers’ departments are conducting research that concerns innovative and sustainable development of systems and environments for health and care. The work is based on a tradition of needs-oriented and multidisciplinary research in close collaboration with practice. This may involve engineering, architecture, urban planning, organisation and management – often collaboratively and in the span between health-promoting and preventive initiatives in everyday life to highly specialised hospital care.

 

Joint themes in the research are:

1.       Design of systems and environments based on the needs of individuals and society.

2.       A system-based approach that includes several levels and parties.

3.       How to drive innovation in health and care and implement existing solutions so that they benefit society.

 

The goal of the profile area is to establish a multidisciplinary research agenda for innovative and sustainable systems and environments for health and care. We want to establish a platform for research, development and innovation in close collaboration between practice and research.​

Published: Mon 20 Jan 2020.