Health Innovation of Sweden


HIOS is building a support system for innovation of future digital healthcare services. By connecting the dots between innovative companies, applied research and public sector organizations all over Europe, we advance the development of new digital healthcare.

One of the world’s biggest challenges is sustainable public health, well-being, and health care. From a practical and democratization perspective, a huge part of this challenge is to translate cutting edge research, product development, and existing digital systems for implementation throughout the EU. New digital health services in combination with contributions from local businesses and innovative companies are needed to strengthen and accomplish the goals of this transformation.

Health Innovation of Sweden (HIOS) is a digital innovation hub composed of an organizing university, five regional innovation hubs and the national research institute.


Two focus areas in this transformation

Precision preventive health

Based on creating equality in health, and therefore individuals must be given opportunities to take control of and be able to influence their own health in a positive direction.

Person centred and integrated care Initiative (PCIC)

 The PCIC is a recent effort where the Swedish government allocated 5.9 billion SEK to focus on the most immediate care, i.e. the self-care that the individual can administer him- or herself. HIOS intention is to provide support to municipalities and counties to make the transformation possible.

Areas of expertise

HIOS role is to support the development, implementation, education and create trust for new digital health services. Cyber Security is a key factor were HIOS can bring expertise knowledge, making it possible to share data in a safe way enabling AI to be used to shape future services. Read about our areas of expertise

For innovative companies

Another important task for HIOS is making it easy for companies, entrepreneurs and the public sector to collaborate and develop secure services in prevention and precision health. HIOS have access to more than 100 test environments and testbeds, which gives great possibilities to “test before invest”. For innovative companies 

European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH)

HIOS take part in the process to become a European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH). HIOS is a part of the Swedish candidate EDIH Health Data Sweden (HDS), a digital innovation hub composed of 4 universities, 5 regional innovation hubs and several research institutes, innovation centers and science parks as core partners. By connecting the dots between innovative companies, applied research and public sector organizations all over Europe, we advance the development of new digital healthcare.

EDIH Health Data Sweden (HDS) will contribute to securing digital health services of the future, with a focus on health data and high-quality, accessible, health-promoting, and sustainable healthcare and welfare services for all European citizens.

The hub will focus on offering and supporting the development of new services, implementation, and education, as well as acting as an assurance for trust and security, in addition to increasing contact with international networks.

By supporting existing efforts of member states, EU funding will boost existing networking and expertise capacities of selected hubs and enable digital transformation activities with an added European value.

Five key areas have been identified for EDIHs: Artificial Intelligence (AI), High Performance Computing (HPC), Cyber Security, Advanced digital skills and accelerating best use.

The 18 core partners of HDS:

KTH Royal Institute of technology (coordinator), Blekinge Digital Health, Bron Innovation, DigitalWell Arena, EIT Digital, EIT Health Scandinavian CLC, Future Position X, Halmstads universitet, Karolinska Institutet, Linnéuniversitetet, Livsmedicin, Region Stockholm, eHealth Arena, RISE, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm Science City, STUNS Life Science, Uppsala universitet

Read more about EDIH here 


Extended collaboration digital innovation hubs. Click the logos to learn more about the eight core partners of HIOS.