Nordregio Magazine 5 2020

Health Care and Well-being

– the potential of digital solutions

Without fundamental changes to health and social care, the health care economy in some rural regions in the Nordic countries might collapse within just three to four years. Significantly challenged by the global pandemic and ageing populations, the Nordic welfare model needs new solutions to ensure access to necessary consultations and treatment, especially in rural areas.

This issue of Nordregio Magazine, covers several fresh studies on the role digitalisation can play for improving Nordic health care and social care provision – and what determines people’s well-being? Meet the regional actors who developed digital solutions that could remove the distance barriers to health care and social care services and increase health, quality and efficiency – and even impact regional development. Still, many barriers remain – legal, financial, technical, organisational – and not everyone likes the change. How to make it happen is another key question.

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