Interview with Oscar Boldt Christmas “Spotted Potential in E-Health and 3 barriers to make it happen”

Oscar is the co-author of the report, The value of digital technology in Swedish healthcare, which received lots of attention in Almedalen in 2016. You and McKinsey had calculated that the potential of E-health in Sweden corresponds to 25% of current costs. That is a remarkable number.

During the course of your study, discussions were held with more than one hundred representatives across different parts of Sweden’s eHealth ecosystem, including the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Inera, the Swedish eHealth Agency, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, county councils and municipalities, professional organisations and trade unions, researchers, technology companies, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs as well as a large number of primary and specialist care providers, and social care providers.

What were the key takeaways from the report?

A shifting demand

We see demand shifting towards managing multiple chronic diseases, more prevention and more out of hospital care, while at the same time technologies that are very suited to meet those needs mature and come available with good evidence.

Opportunities for a triple win

Working remotely, structuring data and knowledge, availability of sensor technology and much more provides solutions that allows a triple win: better outcomes per krona spent, a better patient experience and happier healthcare professionals. A pretty compelling proposition if you ask me.

Johanna Green, Disrupt Synergies facilitating the “Future of E-Health” panel in Almedalen, with panelists:

Oscar Boldt Christmas, McKinsey, together with Johan Gustafsson CEO Visiba Care, Stefan Amér Familjeläkarna, Carolina Wallenius, Nordic Executive at GE Healthcare Partners and Anders Jonson, CEO SecureAppBox.

Who inspires you, being in the forefront of innovation and technology?

What are the biggest barriers to make it happen?

I would say three things;

1. Approach & Procurement

Firstly, the current approaches are too incremental in trying new things which is also underpinned by rigid procurement.

2. User reference cases

Secondly there are still few users who have experienced really good solutions first hand and can talk about them to their peers.

3. Limited pressure to drive change

Thirdly the fundamental pressure to drive change is limited. You will not loose your job or have a failed system by not doing this. At least not for now. 

Finally Oscar, We Say Almedalen 2017. You Say…?

A fantastic opportunity to take a step back and take stock of ongoing developments in your sector.”

What is your potential to disrupt, before becoming disrupted by the continuously shifting business landscape?

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