Norwegian strategy for the health and care sector launched

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Health and Care Services accept the first Norwegian research and innovation strategy for the health and care sector. (Photo: Ministry of Health and Care Services on Twitter)

The Health&Care 21 strategy is Norway’s first national research and innovation strategy for the health and care services. The strategy will form the basis for the further development of the services in this key area of society.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie accepted the new strategy document on behalf of the Government from the chair of the strategy group, Professor John-Arne Røttingen of the University of Oslo.

Five main priorities

During the presentation, Professor Røttingen drew attention to the strategy’s five main priorities:

  • Knowledge mobilisation for the municipalities with substantial, sustainable R&D funding; establishment of a national registry of municipal health and care services; and universities, university colleges and a new research institute sector that specifically aim to meet municipal needs.
  • Health care as a focus area of industrial policy with sector-specific measures and greater interaction between the public and private sectors.
  • Easier access to and increased utilisation of health data.
  • An evidence-informed health and care system based on user involvement and competence, with greater emphasis on developing new interventions and documenting the impact of these, both at the clinical level and at the organisational and system levels.
  • A strong commitment to internationalisation and increased participation in the competitive European research system.

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