On 1 November 2018, MedTech West was co-arranging an open workshop with the title Biomedical engineering for challenges in diagnostics and treatment at Sahlgrenska University Hospital together with Chalmers. The initiative came from the newly founded Health Engineering Area of Advance at Chalmers University of Technology- expected to be operational from January 2019.
In the first half of 2018, a survey was performed to assess potential interest of all Chalmers faculty members to contribute to the new area of advance. Over 200 faculty members from 12 different departments gave a positive response. More than one hundred faculty members were then invited to in-depth interviews to discuss possible focus areas and challenges to be addressed by the new AoA.
Based on the survey and the interviews, as well as strategic input from external partners, six “challenge cluster” areas were formed to address challenges in the field of health care. The initial clusters are not fixed, they can still be changed or even deleted, but right now they are:
- Digitalization, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
- Infections, Antibiotics and Drug Delivery
- Biomedical engineering for challenges in diagnostics and treatment
- Clinical procedures, Surgery and Implants
- Prevention, Lifestyle and Ergonomics
- Healthcare Management
Mikael Persson, Hana Dobsicek Trefna, and Fredrik Höök, all from Chalmers University of Technology, are leaders for the Biomedical engineering for challenges in diagnostics and treatment cluster that was at focus at the workshop.
At the workshop the participants discussed what the cluster was going to be used for, and how collaboration within Chalmers, between Chalmers and Sahlgrenska, with industry and with other parties in the region could be maximized. Another question that was brought up was how the cluster could benefit from collaborating with MedTech West.