The medical history database has existed in various forms since 1997. The initiative came from the county work board in Säter. The education centre in Dalarna started a text database with provincial doctors’ yearly reports as a basis. The initiative resulted from employment market politics and the objective was to provide training for long-term unemployed in computer skills so that they could return to the work force. The resulting database gives the research community the possibility to study a large number of documents without damaging the originals and without having to travel to the location of the originals. In 1999 a collaboration with ArkivData in Norrköping
The collaboration with Arkion (an unit within the National Archive) and Säter has now stopped. During the summar of 2002, the database was taken over by Umeå University. During 2004 and 2005, no development of the database occurred for financial reasons. In 2006, the responsibility for the database changed again. Linköping University Electronic Press (LiU E-Press) is responsible for the operation of the database. The National Archive, The Regional Archive in Vadstena and Östergötland’s Municipal Archives have delivered the archive metrial. In February 2012 ArkivData ceased their work and material to the database will no longer be delivered. Already delivered material will be published after checking it.