Innovation networks

As part of OuluHealth ecosystem, the foundations of our strategic network actions, are based on active partnerships with researchers, businesses and regional, national and international networks and alliances. The OuluHealth ecosystems partners are Oulu University Hospital, University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Institute of Finland, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Biobank Borealis of Northern Finland, City of Oulu, including Business Oulu and Oulu-based health & wellness companies.

By building a Nordic collaborator network, the Centre for Health and Technology (CHT) aims to strengthen cooperation at both strategic and operational levels. Our key Nordic partners include our test bed partners from university hospitals, and innovation centres in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. We are also involved in joint Arctic interests, for example with Tromsø, related to eHealth and telemedicine. Contact person for Nordic networks: Kalevi Virta.

CHT and City of Oulu/Business Oulu have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with organizations from Estonia, Northern Ireland and the German Baden-Württemberg region to promote collaboration in the area of connected health, well-being and life sciences. These MOUs aim to improve the business environment, research opportunities and service provision.

Several activities, led by CHT in Oulu and by the Health and Social Care in Belfast have already taken place under the Oulu-Northern Ireland collaboration agreement.  These activities have resulted in research and innovation projects, such as MIDAS and MAGIC, as well as a Marie Curie programme focused on Connected Health. Further collaborative activities are expected to exploit the international connections and health technology know-how of both sides. Contact person for Northern Ireland matters: Jarmo Pääkkönen.

Oulu has been chosen as a three-star reference site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA), facilitated by EU commission. CHT, together with other actors from the Oulu region, is involved in EIP-AHA activities and has committed to share the achievements within the network and transfer knowledge across Europe. CHT also facilitates the utilization of the EIP-AHA network for new collaboration projects focusing on active and healthy aging.

ENJECT (European network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technology) is a 4-year research coordination project funded by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). ENJECT brings together a multidisciplinary international network with the aim of helping society to connect therapies, patients and care-givers for the delivery of optimum health results in an era of limited resources and increasing demands. The director of CHT, Maritta Perälä-Heape, is a member of the ENJECT management committee, which is responsible for designing and overseeing the deliverables of the ENJECT work programme.

CHT and OuluHealth belong to the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) network. ECHAlliance Ecosystems bring together communities of health, wellbeing and social care stakeholders interested in developing joint regional or nationwide ecosystems.

We are constantly looking for new partners and networks willing to share and develop fresh ideas! Feel free to contact us!