New Operation Model

Karolinska University Hospital is introducing a operation model with themes and functions. The new operation model is based on the patient’s health care journey.

To give patients the best possible care, Karolinska University Hospital is implementing a change and creating an organization based on the patient's health care journey, with results that make a difference for the patient. The focal point of the development work at Karolinska is "Patient first".

The care provided at Karolinska University Hospital will be organized based on medical theme areas and a number of functions. Thematic care puts the patient's collective medical needs into even greater focus. The care should create value for the patient, in close collaboration with the patients themselves.

The new operation model is based on the patient's health care journey.

Themes and functions


Wards, departments and outpatient care units will be organized by theme. With care teams working thematically, the goal is to create even smoother patient flows. Each theme will be divided into a number of patient areas.

The planned themes are:

  • Children's and Women's Health
  • Heart and Vascular
  • Cancer
  • Neuro
  • Inflammation and Infection
  • Trauma and Reparative Medicine
  • Aging


A function is an area of expertise that cuts across the themes. A function consists of skills and resources that are used in many different patient groups and thereby multiple themes.

The planned functions are:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care
  • Radiologi and Imaging
  • Karolinska University Laboratory
  • Allied Health Professionals

The new operation model will make it clear who has overall responsibility for a patient at Karolinska, regardless of where the patient is in the chain of care. 

To create a strong organization for the university health care and for integration of care, research and education, the organizational model is developed in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet. The model will also promote collaboration by gathering different professional groups and specialists around a patient group. It will also be easier to follow up on the results of a treatment or how the patient experienced their care.

Here you can see a film about our new operating model. 

Overview of Karolinska's new operating model

Karolinskas new operating model

Taking shape in stages

The new organization is taking shape in stages. The operation model is introduced in phases. The first phase involved the units that moved into the new hospital building in Solna in the end of 2016. The complete transition to the new organization will be in 2017.

Built for themes

The design and spatial positioning of the new hospital building in Solna, with close proximity to key functions such as intensive care and surgery, makes it possible to provide theme-based care. At the same time, the thematic approach also promotes medical development and research through the collaboration of specialists at different levels.