Forum for Health Policy cooperates closely with a number of researchers in various disciplines in order to stimulate science-based knowledge formation and dialogue in health policy. The network is a cornerstone in Forum’s mission to strengthen the interaction between decision makers and researchers.

Following researchers are part of the network:

anders-anellAnders Anell, Management/Organisation, Lunds Universitet

Economist and professor of health care organization and financial management at Lund University. Anell has previously served as Head of the Department of Health Sciences in Lund, IHE, and has been chairman of the Board of Health and Care Services. Anders has published books, articles and reports that deal with different topics related to healthcare organization and governance such as incentive structures, resource allocation, alternative payment methods, performance measurement, cost effectiveness criteria, etc.

2afec93Isis Amer-Wåhlin, Reimbursement systems / Innovation / Women’s Health, Karolinska Institutet

Gynecologist and dispensed in childbirth care. Amer-Wåhlin is part of the Clinical Management Research Group at the Medical Management Center (LIME), Karolinska Institutet. Her main research area is women’s health, patient safety, health care organization, governance and remuneration models in health care.

blix_martenMårten Blix, Economics, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Research Scholar at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). His research focuses on how the digital transformation affects the economy, the Swedish welfare model and health care. In Operation Digitization – an ESO report on health and medical care, he summarizes the research findings on the effects of digitization in a Swedish context. Mårten has previously been secretary of Framtidskommissionen (a national report on future challenges for Sweden), and has worked for several years at the Ministry of Finance, Enterprise and Innovation.

brommels_matsMats Brommels, Medical Administration, Karolinska Institutet

Professor of Health Administration and specialist in Internal Medicine. In 2001, Brommels established the Medical Management Center (MMC) at Karolinska Institutet and has been the chair of the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) at MMC. Mats has served at a number of organizations and institutions at national, Nordic and international level, for example on behalf of the Finnish government.

jon-enstromJon Engström, Service design/Patient involvement, Linköpings Universitet/SVID

Engströms research aims at a more person-centered and innovative healthcare. He has published a number of articles on the topic of user involvement and service innovation, primarily in medical care. Today, he works as a researcher at the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation and as Associate Professor at Linköping University. Engström is also the editor of the Swedish Design Research Journal.

Nasim Farrokhnia, EHealth and Director of Quality and Research at KRY

Chief Physician and researcher, has during previous six years worked as a director for Emergency Division at Södersjukhuset, Stockholm. Nasim is Director of Quality and Research at KRY (online primary care centre) and has established an Academy at KRY. Nasim runs national research projects within EHealth.
She has also overall responsibility for medical quality in the management team at KRY. Nasim has previous experience of running government initiatives at the Swedish Research Council. As her passion lies in innovation and applying new, digital technology for better healthcare, Nasim has initiated the association of eHealth Doctors, which has recently become a part of the Swedish Medical Association.

birger-forsbergBirger Forsberg, International Health/ Public Health / Social Medicine,
Karolinska Institutet / Stockholms Läns Landsting

Specialist in Social Medicine and Associate Professor in International Health. Forsberg is head of the Health Development Unit at the Health Administration in Stockholm. The unit is responsible for the county council’s public health strategic work and international work, including relations with the European Commission. Forsberg has worked with international health through SIDA, WHO and the World Bank. His research concerns system aspects of control of infectious diseases and interaction between the private and public sectors.  

henrikjordahl1Henrik Jordahl, Public and private production of tax-financed services, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Professor of Economics at Örebro University and Program Director at the Reserach Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). Jordahl´s main area of research consists of markets, management and productivity in tax-financed services. He is affiliated with Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies at Uppsala University and with the international research networks CESifo and IZA.


Joakim Ramsberg, Fil. Doctor of Economics, is a Health Economist and works at the The Swedish Agency for Health and Care Services Analysis

Joakim is also an affiliated researcher at the Karolinska Institutet. Joakim has previously been principal secretary in the Medicines Investigation and Harkness Fellow at Harvard medical school. His research and work cover broad fields within both health policy and social services. Particular focus is on issues related to governance and business development, and in particular state governance in areas where regions and municipalities are principals. Other strong interests are evidencebased decisionmaking as well as educational health care.



Clas Rehnberg, Health Economics, Karolinska Institutet

Professor in health economics at the Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet. His research includes analysis of health care reforms and comparative studies of healthcare systems in the Nordic region and in Europe. He has had several expert assignments for ministries, government and county councils and has participated in several international missions for the World Bank, WHO and SIDA. He was active as guest researcher at the University of Cape Town in 2000-2003. In recent years, his research has focused on the welfare reforms in Sweden.

richardsaltmanRichard B. Saltman, Health Policy och management, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA. In his research Saltman looks at structures in the European healthcare systems, with particular focus on the Nordic countries. He has published 14 books and over 100 articles in a variety of health policy issues. Saltman was in charge of the Forum for Health Policy together with Johan Calltorp and Thorbjörn Larsson between 2011-2015.

vivianvimarlundVivian Vimarlund, Ehealth/Informatics, Linköpings Universitet

Professor of Computer Science at Jönköping University and Head of CenITIS Center for Information and Information Systems at Jönköping International Business School. Vimarlund has since 1989 researched in the field of informatics with special focus on issues related to methods and models to evaluate the impact of implementation and use of IT-based innovations in health care.

vivianvimarlundCarol Tishelman, Innovativ Care / Health Care Science, Karolinska Institutet

Professor and group leader for the division of Innovative care at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) at Karolinska Institutet. Tishelman has an endowed chair as professor of Innovative Care – a joint position with clinical employment as University nurse, with special responsibility for strategic health care innovation at the Department of Development and Innovation, Karolinska University Hospital. Carol has an interest in the overall organisational structure of health care and has led several national and international projects, such as the DöBra research program.

ulrikawinbladUlrika Winblad, Social Medicine, Uppsala Universitet

Associate Professor in Social Research and Head of Research Group in Health Care Research at the Institute for Public Health and Health Sciences. Winblad´s research focuses on issues related to the management and organization of healthcare and elderly care, with particular focus on the market reforms introduced in Sweden during the last two decades. In several of the research projects, the effects of privatization and choice reforms are investigated, for example in terms of quality and patient status. Two of the research projects in Winblad´s research group are conducted in collaboration with the Forum for Health Policy.

monica_wingeMonica Winge, Ehealth/Informatics, Stockholms Universitet

Affiliated researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Systems Science (DSV) at Stockholm University, where she defended the dissertation “Collaboration and Coordination Challenges in Patient-Centered Care”. Winge is a nurse with 20 years of experience from surgery, primary care, elderly care and palliative care. She has been working with IT strategy at Karolinska University hospital and within the Stockholm County Council. Winge has conducted research projects in eHealth and national projects such as the National Information Structure (NI) and has also served as an expert in ministerial delegations with assignments in Sweden, EU (ECDC), USA (USAID), China, India and Africa.

Selected publications by the researchers:

Saltman B. Richard (2018) The impact of slow economic growth on health sector reform: a cross-national perspective, Cambridge University Press

Hägglund Maria, Scandurra Isabella (2017) A Socio-Technical Analysis of Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records

Angelis, Jannis, Anna Häger Glenngård and Henrik Jordahl (2017). “Management practices and the quality of primary care“. IFN Working Paper 1174.

Winge M., Johannesson P., Perjons E., Wangler B. (2015) The coordination hub: Toward patient-centered and collaborative care processes. Health Informatics J. 2015 Dec;21(4):284-305.