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Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated in 2022!

The DigitalWell Award highlights people and initiatives that contribute to the health innovations of the future. Based on the nominations received have DigitalWell Arenas Coreteam designated four candidates in each category.

Patrick Fahlin
Focus ADHD

Patrik is a person who, in such a charming and receptive way, talks directly to the person diagnosed with ADHD with the aim of strengthening, lifting and supporting. Many other actors talk over their heads and to relatives or deliver the information in a way that is not adapted. He has really captured how to reach a person with ADHD through his Youtube channel where he mixes humor with seriousness. Patrik will be able to make a big difference for young adults who don't understand why they don't fit into society and feel "worthless".

Per Danielsson
Regional lawyer, Region Värmland

Per Danielsson has been the driving force in designing the procurement process that forms the basis of the demand accelerator methodology developed in collaboration between Karlstad Municipality, Vinnova and DigitalWell Arena. The methodology has made an impression on a national level, and is now used as a precedent for how the public sector and innovative companies can work together to solve our societal challenges and drive innovation. Without Per's knowledge, experience and commitment, the process would not have developed in the innovative way it did, and his work is therefore worthy of all attention.

Richard Forsman
Geras Solutions,

Rickard Forsman, with his incredible patience, has been an important collaboration partner when we tested in a real environment a digital tool for investigating cognitive disorders. With his know-how and understanding to navigate within the public sector in order to work with innovation work for real. Rickard understands the importance of having frameworks and digital security in place as much as participating trustingly with an innovation focus with everyone in the project.

Ulrika Vitalis
Social administration, Hammarö municipality

Hammarö Municipality's goal is to try to reduce digital exclusion among the elderly. Getting help from the municipality's Digital fixer is free of charge for all elderly people in the municipality who are at least 75 years old or have special needs. You can get help with basically everything within the framework of digital services & technical equipment, such as e.g. call and handle a mobile phone, how you can surf and find important information on the internet, or how you can shop for goods online.

Melinda Persson
Diri Safety Solutions

A dedicated entrepreneur who combines his professional know-how with innovation in order to save lives and increase safety in risky operations.


Deversify works innovatively with preventive health by measuring ketosis, analyzes and consultations for better nutrition and life. This enables personalized health care and preventive solutions instead of retroactive medications. As a well-tech company on the rise, Deversify belongs to the nascent new development we see today connected to individual-based, preventive well-tech where the company is constantly working with innovative development in a changing market.

Catherine Nilsson
Laboratory Medicine & Emergency Department in Arvika

In Region Värmland there is a group of quality coordinators who, together with the emergency room in Arvika, have developed a prototype to reduce the risks of making mistakes when taking samples. The laboratory cannot analyze or examine all samples that come to us, however much we would like to. The idea is that healthcare personnel receive a basis for discussion about what risks exist on their unit and the intention is to spark ideas for a changed way of working. They get the basis by answering a survey that generates a direct analysis presented in a graphic image. Only the healthcare staff on site know how to find a safer way of working. With a smart digital tool, this becomes an effective way to reduce the risk of pre-analytical errors during sampling. They have seen that everyone has everything to gain from a correct sampling. Nursing and laboratory staff can use working time for the right things, which saves resources. The patient receives the right diagnosis, the right treatment and effective care time. The quality coordinators would like to spread the way of using the tool to other types of operations within Region Värmland and other regions and municipalities in Sweden.

Liselott Sellstedt
The Region Värmland app
Region IT, Operational support, Region Värmland

The Region Värmland app enables video calls between the care and the patient. At the beginning of 2020, Liselott Sellstedt project led the introduction of a digital youth reception. When the pandemic hit with full force, the project was tasked with scaling up so that the entire healthcare system could conduct video calls with patients. The solution was put in place literally overnight of hard work and enabled video calls for all receptions in healthcare. The app is in operation throughout the region and is used in both outpatient and inpatient care. So far, 19,000 video calls have been made since its inception. Evaluations that both staff and patients are allowed to fill in show very high satisfaction with the service. The Region Värmland app has made it possible for parts of the care to be maintained and carried out despite the pandemic. This is because many visits can be converted into video calls where the patient avoids long journeys for a short call. The care staff feel that meetings become more efficient. Reducing travel is also positive for the environment by reducing emissions of fossil fuels. In addition, care is developed so that all resources are used as efficiently as possible.

Emil Joelsson & Anders Lenz
Department for Digital Development & Innovation (Diginn) & Secondary and Adult Education Administration (GVF), Karlstad municipality

During 2020-2021, we at GVF and Diginn received support from DigitalWell to carry out the My school day innovation case, where through service design and qualitative interviews with high school students, guardians, educators and student health we wanted to find out what the students really needed to achieve higher goal fulfillment and feel better in school. The result was approx. 100 insights and pains, of which 10 were selected and sent on to the School of Economics' informatics students, who, under Marie-Therese Christiansson's leadership, had to produce Proof of concept reports with process maps of the current state and desired state. We are now in the process of realizing the best proposals, which will mean several new digital services and new apps for our guardians, a series of information improvements for our future and existing high school students, efforts to increase the digital competence of our educators and digital resources to provide student health greater opportunities to support our students. My school day has been very rewarding and we will of course continue our work and have already started planning the next step which will be aimed at adult education SFI within Karlstad municipality.

Sebastian Tay-Hannebo
Region Värmland

Sebastian has shown that it is possible to innovate things that were previously considered impossible. Mixtrafik is a way of opening up for the public to buy travel on the school buses that previously only existed for children attending primary school. Through service development and the use of data, Sebastian has taken the lead in making it practically feasible for public transport to reduce thresholds. This is to use existing resources more effectively and contribute to a more vibrant and healthier countryside. Mixtrafik is a laboratory initiative and in itself not a finished service, but it creates options for a future platform-controlled public transport where travelers are both producers and consumers of public transport. Sebastian deserves to win because he represents a positive approach to daring to try new things and at the same time is humble about the task that we need to test ourselves a little at a time, without ending up on the long bench for the sake of it. The health aspect of mixed traffic is increased mobility in rural areas which makes it more vibrant. It contributes to reducing the thresholds for living close to water and nature. The psychosocial aspects of traveling together with others in one's hometown instead of by oneself in one's own car is also an interesting perspective.

Sticky Beat

Sticky Beat has helped create Lumeno - a vital app that saves lives and reduces suffering. With magical powers, they manage to create a digital companion that starts from the individual. Technology and people in the best combination. Without the people at Sticky Beat, the fantastic book Handbook for Life Strugglers would not have become Lumeno! Forever grateful for this collaboration!

The digital fixer
Social administration, Hammarö municipality

The digital fixer is the piece of the puzzle that an already technologically driven municipality dared to invest in in 2021 and which is about being close to older people within the municipality and helping them use digital tools. The digital fixer, goes around helping people who are 75 years old or older, and solves different kinds of digital problems. This can range from purchase support, to explaining and showing how phones, printers, televisions and other devices can be managed, to helping with installing BankID and downloading vaccination certificates. A valuable investment for the municipality based on the transition to good and close care and it is part of the municipal mission to counteract exclusion. But it is also about maintaining what has come to be known as daily digital exercise, DDM, and trying to exercise the brain just as the body should be exercised.

Marie Niljung
The Life Fighters Association

We want to nominate the Livskämpar association led by Marie Niljung who not only developed the Lumeno app together with the innovation agency Sticky Beat in her and her colleagues' company Livskämpar AB, but through the Livskämpar association also increases the possibility for the app to both spread to more people and continue to be further developed. Lumeno is a digital companion built on the basis of knowledge and experience in the Handbook for Life Strugglers, containing tools for mental health that help people with mental illness during the dark moments of life by drawing strength from the bright ones. The app does not replace care, but can be seen as a complement to it, something to hold on to in everyday life that distracts from dark thoughts and reminds of the bright moments in life. Lumeno has today been downloaded for free by approx. 3,400 users who also have the opportunity to participate in the app's further development through a feedback function directly in the app. Workshops together with young people who have their own experience of mental illness are conducted continuously and serve both as a basis for new functions and tools in the app, while at the same time being a rich exchange of experiences for the participants.

Sara Emsevik
The trust agency

Sara Emsevik has a long experience of working with children and young people's mental health. Through her commitment and work at Tillitsbyrån (Grum municipality), she actively pursues this issue through several projects. She sees the strength in working across organizational boundaries and likes to try new approaches in this work. Sara has engaged both companies and other public actors in this ongoing work, with the aim of strengthening young people's confidence in themselves and working to promote health for their future. A driving force with a big heart for our children and young people.

Birgitta Hjerpe
Region-IT, IT Business Support, Region Värmland

The infection tracking tool is an in-house developed web application for infection tracking within Region Värmland. The goal of the infection tracking tool has been to contribute to an overview of current index persons and their household contacts and to be able to distribute the work based on the spread of infection in the county and to streamline the infection tracking work of covid-19 in the region. There was a great need to streamline the work with infection tracing as the pressure on infection tracing increased radically in the fall of 2020. Infection tracing via paper felt extremely inefficient and was both time- and resource-consuming. It was difficult to get an overview of the infection situation in the region. Region Värmland needed a tool where all cases were gathered and which worked efficiently even with very high workload. For the single affected individual, a way was needed to be able to quickly provide information about rules of conduct. The only way to be able to handle a case safely and efficiently was to digitize the work in a common tool. The processing time for an infection tracing is shortened and the quality of the infection tracing work increases. The goal of infection tracking is to be able to break a chain of infection as early as possible, as time is of the essence. The Public Health Authority assesses that Region Värmland's self-developed web application can be adapted to and introduced in other regions.

Magnus Lindström
Nordic Medtest

Nordic Medtest is Inera's test and development company. Within the DigitalWell Arena, Nordic Medtest has had a very important role in developing safe and secure services for tests that contribute to the validation of companies' digital health services. Through the Genomlysning support service, a product or service is analyzed based on usability, interoperability, laws and regulations and information security. The support service has become a key factor before testing in a real environment for increased security for the testing organization and users.

Health care in Värmland

Through courage and unfailing commitment, health care has contributed to Värmland's health for many decades. They dare to try new things and are committed to the health of all citizens. Health care only exists in Värmland and is something we should be proud of and protect. Through collaboration and commitment, they have contributed both to innovation through collaboration but also to service development and commercialization.

Care to Translate

Contributes to more equal care for all residents - regardless of language, while the solution lowers costs for society and increases benefits such as freed up time for healthcare staff and safer care for patients.

Carl Hast & André Szeles
Region Värmland

For their work as process support in Jämlik Child Health. With new working methods, such as system mapping, which set of factors, interactions and relationships contribute to, or can contribute to, a possible result or outcome is investigated. Which includes an in-depth analysis and visibility of root causes that are found in the determinants of health. Region Värmland, in collaboration with Karlstad University and Qbim AB, tested the regional data sprint method during March. This is a method for creating broadly anchored knowledge and decision-making bases and at the same time working for a more democratic digitization of the public sector.

Birger Petterson Wiik
Arvika business center

Arvika Näringslivscenter has, through the YH training Digitization leader for the welfare sector, broadened its training range to a new area for them. The training is aimed at professionals in municipal and regional health and social care, with the aim of strengthening digital competence in a concrete way, demonstrating the possibilities of digital health services from the perspective of use as well as security and legislation, as well as testing digital health services in order to already during the training, integrate the new knowledge into practical daily work together with your own business.

Therese Sundström

We want to nominate Therese Sundström at Innothr AB. A driven entrepreneur who, with her own experiences and knowledge of diabetes type 1, conducted an innovation process together with the innovation agency Sticky Beat, and participants/families in the same situation as her own, to develop the My Diabetes app. The app should function as a tool to create more security and thus make everyday life easier for families who need more control and security for their diabetic children during both the school day and in their free time. The purpose of the app is to tailor relevant information for the unique child's diabetes and its environment, to make that information more easily accessible, and to facilitate communication between those concerned about the child. The increased security that the app can enable can reduce the stress of the parents and thereby create greater opportunities for the affected children to build up their independence. The app should contribute to creating the same conditions for all children to reach their full potential to develop as individuals. The app will measure qualitative values and show how the individual is feeling. There is already technology that measures the quantitative values, and together these technologies will create completely new conditions for families who have children with diabetes type 1.

Birgitta Persdotter
R&D Welfare, Karlstad University

Birgitta shows with VAVES®️ the possibilities of collecting data in the field of social services and building new knowledge. The initiative is very likely to contribute to a social service with better and more equal efforts both in the short and long term.

Björn Alexandersson
Prescription assessment team, Vårdcentralen Eda

The new thinking for the Prescription Assessment Team, Vårdcentralen Eda concerns the way to assess and prescribe medicines. Björn started the "Prescription assessment team", where every week they go through a selected drug in a team of doctors, nurses and pharmacists. In this way, they quality-assure that the right patient has the right medication and at the same time review drug prescribing, which in the long run benefits the entire region financially. The background to the idea is several different factors, partly that Vårdcentralen Eda exceeds the drug budget, partly to look at a deviant prescribing pattern and unit profile. The right medicine for the right patient and that we consider the environmental aspect by prescribing a smaller amount of medicine. Then one day the idea of recipe assessment team came up. Björn selected 10 drugs or drug groups to be looked at more closely. Started in mid-October 2020 and saw an immediate effect, from mid-December 2020 the pharmacist from the pharmaceutical unit is also included in the team. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists now participate. Rate>Retain>Exchange>Exit is our watchword. Björn and his team hope to be able to anchor and spread this way of working. Since the innovation started with a cost saving of a total of SEK 399,000.

Farzaneh Karegar
Computer Science, Karlstad University

Farzaneh Karegar is nominated for her research in user-friendly differential privacy for eHealth analysis. Individuals' consent to share sensitive medical data for analysis is critical to various advances in digital health and leads to better health and quality of life for individuals. However, processing medical data can entail serious risks and consequences for personal integrity and security. In recent years, several methods for analyzing e-health data have been developed that preserve privacy. In particular, differential privacy has become an important method for protecting the privacy of data used for analytics. Despite the recent increased use, however, knowledge about the human aspects of differential integrity is almost completely lacking. User-friendly transparency about the functionality of the underlying differentially private mechanisms could help users create accurate mental models of how their data is protected, thereby facilitating their decision to share their medical data for data analytics. Farzaneh Karegar's research has contributed important knowledge in this area as she analyzed the suitability of metaphors to convey the key protective features of differentially private data analytics to individuals in different eHealth scenarios. Parts of the work have been carried out within the EU's H2020 project PAPAYA. The results of 30 interviews with regular users show that there is a great interest in useful transparency of data processing and privacy protection, which contributes to users' trust in the system and motivates them to share their data. The selected metaphors could well convey some of the privacy features of data protection to most of the users, but also led to several misconceptions and confirmed additional challenges, which need to be addressed to ensure user-friendly transparency and trust of eHealth users. Farzaneh Karegar's research results have already attracted great international interest - she has, among other things, been accepted as a Fellow at Harvard University for a joint research collaboration on user-friendly differential privacy this summer.

Nature Station

With the Värmland forest digitally represented in the innovative digital wellness room Nature station, regardless of physical location or time of day.



The regional project DigitalWell is financed by the European Union - European Regional Development Fund. The purpose of DigitalWell is that we will together develop digital solutions for needs in welfare with the user's own abilities in focus.