Established by researchers with a focus on saving lives
Heartrunner Sweden connects people who suffer a suspected cardiac arrest with nearby AEDs and volunteers with CPR training. The system and app are owned, operated and developed by Heartrunner Sweden, which in turn is owned by the researchers behind the idea, Karolinska Institutet Holding, the healthcare company Prima Vård and its founders. Our system helps people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest to increase their chances of survival. By engaging a chain of support that involves volunteers, we can help save lives while the ambulance is on its way.
Our system in brief
By engaging a chain of support that involves citizens, we can help save lives while the ambulance is on its way. Citizen responders are alerted via a dispatch centre and provided with in-app directions to the person who is suffering a cardiac arrest. The system has been active since 2010 and was first rolled out in Stockholm. Today, the system is operational in eleven regions across Sweden under the name Sms-livräddare and nationwide across Denmark where it is known as TrygFonden Hjerteløber.
Our system helps people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest to increase their chances of survival. Read more about how it works.
European Regional Development Fund
We’ve been granted funds from European Regional Development Fund. This means that we can expand and save more lives in Europe.
Innovative citizen responder system is an award-winner
InUSe Award, 2019
Madrid APPetece Award, 2017
Athena Award, Dagens Medicin (Daily Medicin Newspaper), 2017
Medtech4Health Innovation Award, 2017
Service of the year, at the Telekom Gala, 2013
Östen Mäkitalos Memorial Award, Telia, 2012
Swedish Cartographic Society’s Innovation Award, 2012
IT idea of the year within healthcare, Dagens Medicin (Daily Medicin Newspaper), 2007
During the EENA 112 Award 2023 our system was associated with two of the winners: the Swedish volunteer responder Ann-Christine, who saved a young mother’s life, and TrygFonden Hjerteløber in Denmark, who alerts volunteer responders nationally via our system.
We are proud members of:
EENA – European Emergency Number Association, a NGO with mission to contribute to improve people’s safety and security.
The ENGAGE project’s Knowledge and Innovation Community of Practitioners, KI-CoP, that engage societies in risk awareness to enhance societal resilience.
Frida Lewne, CEO
This website as well as the app and citizen responder system are owned, operated and controlled by: Heartrunner Sweden AB, Fogdevreten 2, SE-171 65 Solna, Sweden. Registered in Sweden with corp. ID no. 559052–5449.