A smoother and smarter healthcare
Imagine that you go to your doctor's appointment, and that your doctor already knows how you have been feeling lately. Imagine that they can see what you report about your well-being, that you were extra tired and in pain for a period, or that you actually felt fine. Imagine not even having to go to the visit, because you both agree that the treatment is working.
Studies are currently underway in the US on how Elsa can be used in, and improve, the care of people with RA. The study examines how the patient's well-being can be coordinated and controlled in a better way, so that the patient can ultimately have an easier and healthier everyday life. By using both the patient's and the doctor's time smarter, the patients who need quick help can get it, while the patients who don't need a visit at all right now can use their time for something else.
“I myself have a chronic diagnosis and know what it's like to try to get help within healthcare, how challenging it can be and that you often have to do the work yourself,” says Sofia Svanteson, co-founder and CEO of Elsa Science.
Sofia has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, and says she barely knows what it's like to have a regular job.
“I have a great interest in supporting people with chronic diagnoses to better understand their situation and thus be able to take control, which could lead to a more equal and personalized healthcare. My driving force is to try to make a difference and solve problems so that society can develop in the right direction.”
A faster path to the right treatment
When it comes to rheumatic diseases, we know that it is important that a person who has received a rheumatic diagnosis gets effective treatment as soon as possible. But there are not enough rheumatologists, and healthcare does not always keep up with either new patients or people who have had the disease for a long time, in the way that would be desirable.
“Elsa's solution relieves and facilitates for healthcare personnel. While the patient logs and gets better control of their situation, the doctor is simultaneously given the opportunity to see what is happening between visits and can care for their patient remotely. It is faster to find the right treatment when you can follow the patient this way,” Sofia explains.
“We also know that many people living with rheumatic disease wish for just this, to be able to easily share with healthcare how they feel, and to be listened to based on what they report.”
Will Elsa's solution spread to more clinics in the US, and also to other countries, such as Sweden? Sofia is very hopeful.
“That is absolutely our ambition! And we want it to go much faster than the 17 years it takes on average for scientific research to be translated into practice in healthcare. Now we are doing everything we can to gather knowledge through our studies, so that more patients in more countries can have a smoother everyday life.”