The panel is sitting in a line and discussing. Audience members can be seen in the front.
From the left: Jan Törnell, Axel Wolf, Håkan Hedman, Maria Taranger, Linda Mårlind, Katarina Halling, Ann-Marie Wennberg och Ulf Petrusson.
Photo: Jeanette Tenggren Durkan

Fully booked when GPCC hosted Founding Partner Seminar about person-centred care for Sahlgrenska Academy at GoCo


This GoCo Founding Partner Session, hosted by Sahlgrenska Academy, delved into the future of efficient, sustainable and equitable healthcare systems. The programme, which was put together by The University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care GPCC, included Testbeds for Home Healthcare and Person-Centred Governance in a Digital Era. During the event the importance of societal reeducation on future healthcare was highlighted amongst other things, and emphasis was put on testbeds and policy labs to enable innovation, collaboration and quality.

The future of efficient, sustainable and equitable healthcare systems, right in the comfort of your home. This was the focus of fully booked GoCo founding Partner Session: A seminar on person-centred care in a digital era, which was held on 27 February.

The aim of the GoCo Health Innovation City Founding Partner Sessions is for participants to learn more about the scientific cutting edge present in Gothenburg. Now it was the turn of founding partner Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg to host the session. They had chosen to put the spotlight on University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care GPCC, a national centre and strategic research area since 2010.

Fully packed programme

GPCC Centre Director Professor Axel Wolf had put a fully packed programme together. Nine persons from GPCC and collaboration partners from industry, academy and community presented during the afternoon. They covered a variety of themes like Testbeds for Home Healthcare and Person-Centred Governance in a Digital Era.

“It was really great that there was such a large audience, where the absolute largest part was from business, small to medium-sized companies, but also several persons from patient organisations and other representatives from civil society”, said Axel Wolf after the seminar.

Questions about the role of doctors in the future and culture change

The presentations and themes raised audience questions on everything from AI and the role of doctors in future person-centred care, to how to systematically change organizational structure and culture in a scalable way, also for entire regions and countries, to enable person-centred and integrated care in healthcare and in education.

During the Summary and Way Forward session the panel all agreed that there is a need to reeducate everybody in society on what future healthcare can look like. For example bringing healthcare home or into society is a major factor in future health care, thus minimalizing the need to be in hospital.

Testbeds and policy labs for innovation, collaboration and quality

Patients will need to take a more active role, based on capacity, and health care staff will need to work in partnership with the patients and each other. This requires innovation and collaboration between all relevant parties, in for example testbeds and policy labs, but also education and communication. One example was the collaboration platform Person-centred Patient-Public-Private Partnership PCP4, and the project which has been started up there More home dialysis for better health, quality of care and cost control.

Ann-Marie Wennberg Larkö, former Director of Sahlgrenska University Hosital, pointed out that the clinical research on person-centred care and the implementation of a person-centred way of working at Sahlgrenska University Hospital has played a big part in the Region Västra Götaland being rated the best in clinical research in Sweden for a second time.

“We have a long tradition of collaboration between academy, industry and society in Gothenburg”, said Professor Ulf Petrusson. “Let’s make sure GoCo becomes more than a meeting place.”


List of Speakers:

  • Ann-Marie Wennberg Larkö, MD, Professor Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Chair, The National Health Competence Council and former Director of Sahlgrenska University Hospital
  • Håkan Hedman, Chair of The Swedish Kidney Association, Chair of The GPCC Person Council for Patients and Relatives/carers
  • Linda Mårlind, Global VP R&D Wound Care, Mölnlycke Healthcare
  • Inger Ekman, RN, Senior professor, Sahlgrenska Academy
  • Katarina Halling, Global Head, Patient Centred Science, AstraZeneca
  • Jan Törnell, MD, Adjunct Professor Sahlgrenska Academy
  • Maria Taranger, MD, Head of division 6, Sahlgrenska University Hospital
  • Ulf Petrusson, Professor of Law, Director, Institute for Innovation and Social Change, School of Management, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg
  • Axel Wolf, RN, Professor and Centre Director, GPCC

About GoCo Health Innovation City:

  • The founding partners of GoCo are: Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, AstraZeneca, Chalmers tekniska högskola, Fujirebio Diagnostics AB, Wellspect HealthCare and Mölnlycke Health Care.
  • GoCo Health Innovation City is the new urban city center in Mölndal outside Gothenburg, Sweden, where over 200 000 square meters are being developed to attract researchers, entrepreneurs, and talents from around the world.
  • GoCos vision is to create a world-class innovation cluster for health, where collaboration is built into the core.


University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care GPCC

GoCo Health Innovation City

The project More home dialysis for better health, quality of care and cost control