New healthtech project approved by VINNOVA!

In the VINNOVA call for “Challenge Driven Innovation – Project form B”, a consortium of BTH, KTH, Blekinge and Stockholm County Councils, and RxEye got the project “More effective analysis within medical imaging using collaboration based on networking structure” approved.

Project abstract

Medical imaging is facing major challenges. The demographic and geographic structure needs to be addressed with new approaches and services. Digitalisation has been ongoing for over 10 years, but there is still great potential to be exploited in sharing capacity and expertise. This project focuses on this potential.

The project will analyze more effective forms of collaboration, working in networks. The issue is complex in nature as it spans over different health care providers, specialties and processes. It also covers a number of areas such as technology, patient safety, legal and regulatory requirements.

Making experts available to more than one care giver at a time, will result in benefits that we can assess today, but it will also create new structures and opportunities in medical imaging that can not be predicted.

The project results in a concept, tested in a pilot, within three major scenarios, access to capacity, peer nodes and multi-disciplinary teams. This will be available for healthcare to apply on various forms of medical imaging.

Today, there are no known initiatives that links technology with interaction, legal and commercial considerations. The potential is great, internationally, as medical imaging requires increasing resources for efficient and quality care.

The long term effects are:

  • Higher and more consistent level of diagnostics, regardless of location
  • Faster implementation of new evidence based medicine
  • Increased opportunities for high-quality diagnostics in smaller communities
  • Efficiency and reduced costs
  • Less traveling for patients and specialists

The consortium has great potential to promote the project results for broad introduction.

Info brief on the project

  • Project leader: RxEye
  • Budget: 20 MSEK (10 MSEK from VINNOVA)
  • Time frame: 20120801 – 20140901
  • Partners:  RxEye AB, Royal Institute of Technology, Blekinge Institute of Technology, County Council of Blekinge, County Council of Stockholm.
  • BTH staff: Prof Tobias Larsson, Prof Bo Helgesson, Madelene Larsson, Massimo Panarotto

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Professor Tobias C. Larsson is chaired professor in Product Development at School of Engineering, BTH.


Participation in Aviation National Research Agenda addendum work

[2011-03-17] Professor Tobias C. Larsson has been a member of the core team behind the 2010 release of an Aviation National Research Agenda (NRA Flyg 2010). NRA Flyg 2010 was the result of a unique collaboration where companies, academia and institutes – together with relevant governmental agencies – have aligned themselves with respect to the future of Swedish aeronautical research. The research agenda aims to create a shared national perspective on the goals, direction and scope of Swedish aeronautical research.

During 2011 the team will continue to do work and focus recommendations for 3 prioritized areas within the agenda. This work will be presented as an addendum to the original research agenda. Prof Larsson takes part in the work on behalf of Blekinge Institute of Technology, and March 16 was a joint meeting at VINNOVA to further tweak the Addendum.

– It is about positioning Sweden on the European aviation map for the future. I also see interesting opportunities for the universities, and BTH may play a role in meeting up the environmental demands with methods and tools to support development of greener engines, planes and surrounding systems.

–  We need to find good positions within EU, and see our national strengths and weaknesses and then use our research resources in best possible way to collaborate for the benefit of improved aerospace development regarding customer experience, abilities and environmental performance,  Tobias C. Larsson continues.

There is a need to increase research in our strong areas to maintain leadership, but also find the opportunities for new research in areas that are “white spots” on the map.

–  Companies need to act strategic; there is a high aerospace competence in Sweden but in what direction are we moving?

According to Larsson there are huge challenges ahead for aerospace and space technology areas. The need for transportation will continue to increase, while the systems at the same time have to be environmentally more friendly. Also, safety should increase while maintaining competitive prize picture.

Time horizon is not the shortest…

– In this industry we’re talking planning for 2040-2050, some long-range planning, and most of us have probably retired by then, Larsson concludes.

Apart from BTH, the following organizations have taken part in the creation of the research agenda: VINNOVA, FMV, FM, FOI, Saab, Volvo Aero, LiU, LTU, KTH, Chalmers, HV, SAI and Teknikföretagen.