The health and care systems of Europe are under a lot of strain and need to transform to be able to respond to people’s future needs. As a Swedish partner, Forte has a special responsibility to coordinate and help develop the partnership program: Transforming Health and Care Systems. The first joint transnational call within the progamme was announced this year.

The European partnership on Transforming Health and Care Systems (THCS) has been established as a European Joint Program within the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe. Forte is a Swedish partner, with special responsibility to coordinate and help develop the partnership program. The aim of THCS is to generate new knowledge and create a common learning experience to develop health and care systems in Europe, thus contributing to better care for all citizens.

– THCS funds research and innovation projects and supports knowledge- and evidence-based solutions, says Staffan Arvidsson, Senior Research Officer at Forte and expert in “cluster 1”, the health cluster within Horizon Europe.

In March, the first joint transnational call “Healthcare of the Future” within the partnership was announced. The call is intended to fill knowledge gaps and support innovative solutions for organizing the health and care systems of the future. The focus of the call is preventive and individualized care, including remote care.

– The call is a collaboration between 21 countries and the European Commission, says Staffan Arvidsson. We had many good applications and now the assessment process is ongoing. This autumn, we will have a decision regarding which applications to approve.