The Vitalis Scholarship

SEK 50,000 grant on offer

This year the Vitalis grant will again encourage the development of integrated solutions that use IT to help break down traditional barriers between departments or healthcare providers, for the benefit of residents, patients and users. This may involve a product, project, method or working approach.

Background
The grant was set up by Vitalis in partnership with Tieto Healthcare & Welfare. It is awarded annually to staff in healthcare and welfare who are using digital technology in new ways to develop innovative solutions that are easily accessible by users.

Conditions
The coming years will see growing collaboration within and between healthcare providers, and between care givers, care recipients and relatives. Greater focus will therefore be placed on opportunities to share information. Improved collaboration between county and municipal welfare providers can make it possible to share needs more effectively and deliver the right care and rehabilitation. With the right support, care homes and care users’ own homes can become part of a networked care provision system.

This year we particularly want to highlight integrated solutions between departments or care providers that put the individual first. Other innovative solutions are also welcome to apply for the grant. Of special interest are innovations that help to share the burden on healthcare institutions, such as shifting the responsibility for rehabilitation, where possible.

We are keen to see innovations that offer demonstrable benefits for care users and patients, staff, organisations and/or social finances. It will be seen as an advantage if the innovation has already been implemented or a decision has been taken to implement it.

The grant is open to applications from Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Grant sum
The grant sum is SEK 50,000 and it may be distributed as one or two grants by the local authority and/or county council / region. The grant(s) may also be awarded to private healthcare providers operating on behalf of a municipality or county council / region.

15 “minutes of fame”
Three finalists will have the chance to present their innovations as part of the Vitalis conference programme, after which the jury will select the final winner(s). This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of your innovation(s) and reach the right audience!

Grant jury
A grant jury will select the winner(s) of the grant. The jury will be made up of individuals with direct or indirect expertise in the healthcare and welfare sector.

Anyone in the healthcare and welfare sector can nominate candidates for the grant. Candidates must however be informed that they have been nominated.
The decision of the jury is final.

Criteria for jury assessment:
– effects of the innovative activity
– how the innovation is implemented within the organisation
– opportunities for national application of the results
– inclusion with the application of a description of how the innovation benefits the individual (care user, user, patient, relative), staff in the municipality, county council or region, and/or the finances of the healthcare provider.

The grant candidates will be informed in March 2017. The finalists will be given the opportunity to make a short presentation of their contribution as part of the Vitalis conference programme to enable the jury to designate a winner in each category. The grant(s) will be awarded during the Vitalis celebration dinner on 26 April 2017 in Gothenburg.

Grant applications must have reached the jury by 20 March 2017. The finalists are responsible for their own hotel and travel costs to Vitalis, but will be given a three-day conference pass. The winner(s) will also be given a ticket to the dinner and one night’s hotel accommodation after the celebration dinner.

If you have questions, please contact Christer Björkendal, Business Developer at Tieto Healthcare & Welfare, tel. +46 (0)10 481 52 41, christer.bjorkendal@tieto.com or Maria Sterner, Exhibition Manager for Vitalis, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, tel. +46 (0)31 708 82 35, maria.sterner@svenskamassan.se.

Personal information that is submitted with applications will only be used by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre to administer applications.