The world’s ageing population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, and the future holds a significantly different demographic reality than the one we know today. As people age they suffer from more and more illnesses, which is placing an increasing burden on global healthcare systems.
Nordic Health Lab develops healthcare innovations for current and emerging health challenges.
As the world changes, so does our health and sense of wellbeing. New challenges call for new healthcare practices.
We need to rethink healthcare. That’s why we’ve created Nordic Health Lab.
We accelerate healthcare innovation by embracing a holistic and human-centred approach to developing the healthcare practices of tomorrow.
… looks for new paths that could take us to undiscovered healthcare solutions.
… develops and tests new healthcare practices in a real-life testing arena.
… puts the healthcare practices of tomorrow on the health agenda of today.
… is a platform for collaboration across industries, sectors, and skill sets.
… actively engages creative disciplines in developing new healthcare practices.
Technological advancements have moved into most aspects of our lives, and the potential in tech-based healthcare practices is huge. We need to explore this potential to create new practices which can benefit patients, healthcare personal and society as a whole.
We already know that our cities greatly impact public health. Mental illnesses like stress and anxiety are a fast-growing challenge and have both been directly linked to urban life. As urban populations continue to grow, so does urban design’s influence on our health.
As we learn more about health, we realise that good health isn’t just the absence of illness. Rather, a healthy life is the result of a variety of factors in our environment, from meaningful social relationships to what we eat and how we sleep.
These days, we are experiencing a series of radical changes in our social and cultural spheres. Identity issues about race, gender and culture create a new sociocultural landscape where diversity is normalised to a much larger degree. As a result, taboos regarding health are breaking down and the way we talk about health is changing drastically.
The healthcare system cures diseases. It’s been like that for as long as we can remember. If you’re sick, you go see a doctor. If you need medication, you go to the pharmacy. If you get in an accident, you may end up in the hospital. Why? To get well — pure and simple.
But as our societies experience cultural, technological and economical changes, so does our health. The global state of health is going through tremendous transitions. These changes create new challenges for our healthcare systems and alter the way we think about health.
With new challenges comes new potential. Nordic Health Lab’s mission is to pursue and create promising new innovations in healthcare — because the practices of tomorrow will be significantly different to the ones we know of today.
We don’t claim to be able to do this on our own. On the contrary, we believe that reaching out to other sectors and industries is a prerequisite. That’s why we combine scientific knowledge with social and creative approaches and make use of new technological advancements. It is within this intersection of different skills and capabilities that groundbreaking healthcare practices must develop.
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