Innovations down under

Posted by: on Sep 15, 2015 | No Comments

I am back from vacation and many of my colleagues in Europe have either had their summer vacations or are starting vacations now. It is important to get some rest and to recharge one’s batteries and also to be able to spend some time with family and friends. But even if Europeans have been on holiday, activity levels in Diaverum, the company that I am heading, has been very high. We have just opened our second clinic in the capital of Australia, Canberra. By doing so, we are bringing care closer to the patients – which is, especially in a country the size of Australia, quite a challenge. We are using innovative technologies to reach the patients that are living far away from a dialysis centre, for example with our d.CARE App. Whilst apps themselves are not really innovative anymore, apps in the healthcare sector still are a rarity. The challenge is adhering to data security regulations, which are different in each country, whilst responding to the patients’ needs to get access to their data – to be able to take an active role in their health. Innovations are crucial in the healthcare market and we will continue to explore innovations related to apps, telemedicine, etc. These innovations can improve quality of life for the patients which is the ultimate goal of all the activities we undertake. The d.CARE App is improving the quality of life for the patients in Australia, which was selected as the pilot country. We are now looking forward to rolling the App out in more countries to more patients shortly. Maybe one of these countries will even be New Zealand, where we will open our first clinic during early 2016.

Midsummer!

Posted by: on Jun 19, 2015 | No Comments

We did not have the best of springs this year in Sweden and the summer started rather wet and cold, particularly May which was the wettest for many years. Nevertheless, Sweden is gearing up to celebrate Midsummer this evening (June 19) and, as the weather has improved over the last few days, I am looking forward to a very nice evening.

We have long and dark winters in Sweden and therefore Midsummer is something we truly appreciate. In the north of Sweden there is 24-hour daylight at this time of the year and in the south of Sweden the sun sets for only a few hours.  The typical tradition in Sweden during Midsummer is to build a midsummer pole and dance around this pole before sitting down for a long dinner with herring, a traditional liqueur and a lot of singing.

After Midsummer many Swedes start taking their summer vacations. It is quite customary for people to take a couple of weeks’ vacation in a row. Leading a global company makes it impossible in my case to take a long holiday, but midsummer always marks an important milestone and provides a short break. And I try to take at least two weeks’ vacation during the summer. This helps me to recharge my batteries and arrive back in the office feeling ‘revitalised’ and ready to continue leading the company towards our defined goals.

Tonight, however, I am happy to be with my family and happy to celebrate Midsummer — one of the most important Swedish traditions.

Foto på Dag Andersson