Region Halland’s work on information-driven care highlighted in Washington

The Swedish Embassy in Washington

The exhibition ”Artificial Intelligence IRL: How Sweden is putting AI to good use” is presented at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC

When the exhibition ”Artificial Intelligence IRL: How Sweden is putting AI to good use” opened on March 26th at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, Region Halland was invited to present its work on information-driven care.

Innovative approaches to healthcare

In the exhibition, Region Halland showcases how evidence-based and data-driven healthcare can form the basis for clinical assessment and treatment of patients. Concrete examples are provided on how AI can contribute to a healthier world and assist in everyday life, with the aim of improving healthcare and providing the right care at the right time to the right person. Examples include how AI tools can be used to detect blood clots in the lungs, how algorithms can be trained to identify patterns in EKGs indicating a risk of sudden cardiac death, and how AI support can reveal patterns in primary care to understand how the need for emergency care can be prevented.

Expert insights

Markus Lingman, strategist in hospital management at Hallands Hospital, is one of the parties involved in the development of AI methods for healthcare in Halland, an expert and contributor to Region Halland’s participation in the exhibition. He says:

It’s great that Sweden wants to showcase the work we do in Halland beyond the country’s borders. We have a lot to be proud of. Many healthcare providers face significant challenges today, and it’s important that we share the knowledge and capabilities we have built in Halland while also learning from others.

Markus Lingman, Strategist in hospital management at Hallands Hospital, Region Halland

Collaborative efforts

Region Halland’s part of the exhibition tells the story of a unique and integrated data warehouse from various parts of the healthcare chain in Halland, which can provide new important knowledge about work methods and approaches in healthcare. Trust, confidence, and innovation are important prerequisites for collaboration with various actors, both within and outside Sweden. Today, there are collaborations between the region’s researchers and researchers at, among others, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, and Stanford.

Looking to the future

Magnus Clarin, head of research and development in Region Halland and recipient of the prize for collaboration and innovation at Halmstad University in November 2023, says:

The exhibition is a great testament to the fact that Halland’s approach to working with knowledge-based development of healthcare is appreciated by the international community. We have an exciting journey ahead of us, to systematically analyse, develop, and ensure the quality of the way we work to achieve the best possible care, together with ambitious people working in healthcare.

Magnus Clarin, Head of Research and Development, Region Halland

Promoting progress

The exhibition is organized by the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Institute, and in addition to Region Halland, which is the only invited region, other participants include Sahlgrenska University Hospital, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), and AI Sweden.

Krister Björkegren, Chief Executive Officer at Region Halland concludes:

Region Halland continuously works to develop its operations and the information-driven care, for the benefit of the patient. We have the knowledge and capacity required to continue to be at the forefront and contribute in this area, both nationally and internationally, and our participation in the exhibition also demonstrates this.

Krister Björkegren, Chief Executive Officer, Region Halland

Spotlight on the exhibition

The exhibition ”Artificial Intelligence IRL: How Sweden is putting AI to good use” is currently on display at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C., welcoming an international audience until March 2025.