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ADB-tekniken och den Allmänna försäkringen: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 12 februari 2008
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology.
2008 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

 The witness seminar” ADB-tekniken och den Allmänna försäkringen” was held at Tekniska museet [The National Museum of Science and Technology] in Stockholm on 12 February 2008 was led by Olli Aronsson. The ambition to discuss the factors that had the greatest impact on the use of IT in the Swedish Social Security administration during 1960–1990, what was achieved and which were the results of the use of IT. The panel consisted of former senior managers from the Swedish Social Security Agency and from the Swedish Agency for Public Management. These two agencies were very much involved during these three decades in the IT development process. Several new on-line applications were introduced from 1973 i.e. old age pensions, health insurance, child allowance, etc. The large business volumes forced the social security administration to develop its own software for database management, transactions processing and network management that were in the frontline of what the IT industry could develop in these years. The risks involved in such parallel development were underestimated but luckily enough, systems were delivered on time. During the 1980s a lot of investigations were made concerning how to decentralize the system structure. None of those ideas were realized. The effects of the use of IT in the social insurance were that IT proved to be an enabler for fast decided social insurance reforms made by the politicians in the 1970s. In cases like the child allowance the centralized systems proved to reduce false double payments. Staff could also be reduced significantly when applications for the allowances were avoided by new effective data routines between the national registrations system and the social security systems. Since the structure of the systems created in the 1970s were more or less the same over 20 years the economics of the systems were profitable. Due to the organizational structure in the social insurance during this period with a central governmental social security agency and independent regional social security organizations, the full potential of the rationalization was hard to achieve.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 56 p.
Trita-HST, ISSN 1103-5277 ; 2008/16
Keyword [sv]
datorer och databehandling, datorisering – effekter på samhället, historia – 1945-, historia – datorer, informationsteknik, teknikhistoria, vetenskapshistoria, vittnesseminarium
National Category
History of Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9670ISRN: KTH/HST/WP 2008/16-SEISBN: 978-91-7415-045-2OAI: diva2:126930
QC 20120507Available from: 2008-12-09 Created: 2008-11-26 Last updated: 2012-05-07Bibliographically approved

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