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Population:

9.7 million

Area:

173,860 square miles

Capital City:

Stockholm
Nearly a quarter of the population of Sweden will be 65 years or older by 2050.

Aging well is a global priority. Sweden, like many other countries, confronts significant challenges due to population aging. Estimates suggest that nearly a quarter of the population of Sweden will be sixty five years or older by 2050. Longer life expectancies and steady retirement ages are boosting the support ratio, creating a need for new ways to provide and pay for high quality long term care.

Sweden is taking clear action to respond to the needs of its older citizens. The country was recently ranked number one on a global index based on income, health, employment, education, and building an enabling environment for aging adults. ACCESS Health Sweden documents promising practices in long term care in Sweden and its neighboring countries like Norway and Denmark. The Swedish office also partners with innovative thinkers in both the public and private sectors to improve the quality of long term care.

Focus Areas

Healthcare Delivery Systems

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ACCESS Health works to improve healthcare delivery systems for the elderly in Sweden. Our studies focus on remote monitoring that seniors and healthcare providers use to improve the quality of elder care. We study the integration of patient record systems regionally and nationally, including data exchange systems that cover municipal care organizations, private providers, and emergency hospitals. We focus on innovative elder care models, such as mobile emergency teams and mobile doctors. Healthcare in Sweden is undergoing a shift from traditional geriatric clinics in large regional hospitals to local community wards for seniors. We also study the role of national quality registries in quality and process management and in ensuring access to care of equal quality across Sweden.

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Business Engagement

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ACCESS Health Sweden initiated the Modern Aging program designed to encourage entrepreneurs to create business for the elderly. Modern Aging Sweden inspired similar Modern Aging programs in Singapore and China. ACCESS Health Sweden also evaluates the cost effectiveness of healthcare solutions for the elderly.

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Program Areas

Elder and Long Term Care

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ACCESS Health Sweden analyzes how specific programs and policies improve and modernize care for older adults. Because we are locally based, ACCESS Health Sweden is able to participate in the response to the aging population in the country and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the elderly care strategies of the country. We use this knowledge to discuss challenges and opportunities with Swedish national and local leaders and to inspire and guide other countries as they seek to improve care for their own people.

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Healthcare Technology

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ACCESS Health Sweden studies eHealth technologies in Northern Europe. In this effort, we study the information infrastructure that underpins the healthcare systems. We study the design, history, context, and application of eHealth. eHealth is a term that encompasses a range of software applications in healthcare, such as patient record systems, prescription databases, and image exchanges. The ACCESS Health team has chosen to study the Estonian eHealth and eGovernance systems. Estonia has invested heavily since the early 1990s in building its eHealth infrastructure.

In Sweden, we study the Swedish eHealth system and the newly established eHealth Department, a new branch of the Swedish government. We also look at how regional healthcare systems apply national standards and implement eHealth services.

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Featured Resources

Modern Aging: inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly.
We are no longer active in Sweden. Projects and resources are available in the archive.