Integrated Healthcare and Care through distance spanning solutions – for increased service accessibility
15 sep 2022
The Nordic countries are built on the principle of democracy and on universal access to high-level health and social services. But the societies we live in have become more complex, and face challenges in the years to come: the demographic is changing with an aging population and lack of manpower.
Nordic inhabitants have high expectations of what the health and social services should solve. At the same time the complexity both in service provision, towards the inhabitants, and the society in general has increased.
This publication is an inspiration to generate insight about how system structures can be organized to secure new integrated healthcare and social care service models. In the digital shift of healthcare and social care, model areas with their solutions can serve as inspiration for further joint development between for example local and regional authorities within healthcare and care in the Nordics.
In this report we have given five examples of regions with cross-sectoral collaboration within health care and social care in focus. The regions are examples of how system structures can be organized to ensure new integrated healthcare and social care services. All regions have components as communication and knowledge sharing, common goals, and trust that strongly contribute to better collaboration between service levels and adopting of digital health services and distance follow-up solutions. The five regions are examples of regions that work to maintain universal access to high level health and social services.