MedTech Week in Umeå gathered around 50 specialists, startups, politicians, researchers and health care management staff. The main topic was centered around digital transformation in health care. UBI joined the session together with Biotech Umeå, Uminova innovation and European Enterprise Network. 

For the third time running, the European-wide initative is held in the beginning of summer. National medtech associations and companies around Europe are organising activities to promote the value of life changing technologies.

In Sweden, a national tour or seminars, lectures, workshops and more were  organised in Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Uppsala and the tour arrived in Umeå on the 15th of june.

Umeå Biotech Incubator staff, Carolina Hawranek and Lotta Berg, participated in the MedTech event at Rex. Photo: Kristina Svensson

MedTech Week in Umeå started off with a welcome by Ronnie Lundström, adjunct at Department of Radiation Sciences at Umeå University and also manager at CMTF. He introduced the international event and was followed by the Director of the County Council of Västerbotten, Anders Sylvan who gave the audience a strong sense of urgency when explaning what med Ttch and digitalisation can do for patients already today, and how his own perception on this area has gone from novice to very engaged.

Anders Sylvan questioned why Health services using telemedicine are seen as something less personal when it should be called digital primary care as it brings the patient closer to the medical professionals easier. He also talked about how patients today expect, and demand, better access to Health care services, and that digitalisation is a way to meet that demand.

The afternoon continued with a number of distingueshed guest speakers:

  • Nicklas Sandström, Västerbottens läns landsting
  • Jenny Eklund, VLL Innovation
  • Malin Hollmark, Medtech4Health
  • Kristina Svensson, Medtech4Health
  • Lena Strömberg, Medtech4Health IMPACT programme
  • Per Hallberg, from CMTF, VLL

Read the full article with pictures by Kristina Svensson at MedTech4health’s website (in Swedish).