This blog will chronicle the work of six executives who have been assigned to the IBM Executive Service Corps initiative in Stavanger, Norway. They are joining forces from countries across the globe to address the challenge, which is to increase the efficiency of the municipality's health care delivery system, with a focus on care for the elderly. Target areas will include employment of collaboration, innovation, and social technologies to evolve health services delivery.

The healthcare sector will in the future face major challenges including significant growth in the number of elderly. This is reinforced in the Stavanger region, which has had a high population growth during the last decade. Local health services will face this as a challenge, while it will require a good working relationship throughout the health system's interaction chain. The need to be innovative and use health and welfare technology in a new and expanded way, are fundamental to meet future demands for services.

15th April 2013

Post

Weekend 1

Saturday proved to be the better day, weather-wise, so we reorganized our plans and took a boat cruise up the fjords to see some of the most spectacular sights in Norway.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.  It was quite a memorable day.

image

image

The Norwegian flag

image

Hengjanefossen Waterfall

This waterfall drops water from higher than 400 meters (about a 120 story building)

image

The boat pulled right up to the waterfall and water collected from the waterfall is collected with a bucket and shared with the passengers to sample.

image

Antonio Palacin (IBM Germany), Mamdouh Ibrahim (IBM US) and Knut Fiskarud (IBM Norway)

image

The clouds introduced a different kind of drama on the three hour cruise.

image

Lina Shadid (IBM UAE) and Greg Johns (IBM Canada)

image

image

Knut Fiskarud (IBM Norway) and Guy Pacitti (IBM US)

image

image

image

image

We made a little time to discover the center of Stavanger and all it has to offer, including locally made items to bring back for family.

image

A typical Stavanger street scene - coffee shops and restaurants.

Sunday - Consolidating Findings

image

Sunday’s weather didn’t cooperate.  A rainy day and blustery winds all day long.  The team made good use of the day by reviewing information collected, identifying themes and categorizing observations.  Good progress was made in the consolidation of findings.

image

Later, a tapas-style dinner was waiting for us at local favorite cafe, Matmagasinet.  A great meal and a lovely hostess helped cap wrap up memorable weekend.

smartercities

#ibmcsc