OuluHealth research, development and innovation

Centre for Health and Technology coordinates research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in the OuluHealth ecosystem, one of the five innovation ecosystems of Oulu Innovation Alliance. The OuluHealth ecosystem integrates enterprises, academic institutions and public health providers. Our mission is to facilitate open collaboration and accelerate innovation by bringing together the players who contribute to the needs of the healthcare sector. The strategic goals for OuluHealth ecosystems are: 1) personalized health and wellbeing, 2) effective health and social care services and products, and 3) integrated university hospital.

CHT facilitates OuluHealth RDI collaboration by building a bridge between researchers, companies and healthcare professionals, and by identifying research and business challenges relevant to the healthcare sector.  We organize networking possibilities and events, help developers in finding partners, and support the creation of connected health projects. The systematic regrouping of research spearheads and expertise, and the exploitation of our extensive international networks, has resulted in the creation of several strategic OuluHealth RDI projects. More information about these projects is provided below.


DigiHealth Knowledge Hub 1.3.2018 - 30.12.2020

The aim of the DigiHealth Knowledge Hub project is to increase expertise and capabilities in rapidly evolving health and wellbeing digitalization. The Hub accelerates research and innovation action on prevention, treatment, and personalized medicine, and it will speed up the adoption of digital innovations and the joint development of knowledge-based services.

The initiative is building operational models and networks for the digital health knowledge network, which is a functional support for research and innovation. It generates and disseminates information on best practices and opportunities in RDI collaboration and acts as a communicator and evaluator, thus accelerating the sharing of good research and innovation practices.

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MIDAS - Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services 1.11.2016 - 28.2.2020

European healthcare systems and the general population generate vast amounts of health and wellbeing related data on a daily basis. The MIDAS project will develop a pioneering digital platform for healthcare policy makers. This will allow these decision-makers to tap into unstructured and unconnected healthcare data to better inform policy, reduce costs and improve health and wellbeing of the population. The MIDAS platform will investigate connecting patient data from European health authorities with individual data collected from apps, sensors and social media. Complying with the highest standards of data protection and ethics, the data will be analysed on the MIDAS platform, which provides a tool for policy makers to benchmark, simulate and forecast outcomes of healthcare policy decisions.

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CoHeWe Co-Created Health and Wellbeing 1.8.2018 – 31.12.2020

Co-Created Health and Wellbeing is a 6Aika project that develops the role of companies to operate as a co-developer of health and wellbeing services with cities, research organisations and other partners. This project aims to unite existing different development methods and to create concrete procedures for the businesses development as part of the co-creation of the health and wellbeing services. The project focuses especially on the service development of a proactive and active wellbeing. Key focus in Oulu is within piloting mobile solutions for health and welfare area.

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MAGIC - Mobile Assistance for Groups and Individuals in the Community 1.1.2016 – 30.4.2020

Currently, a significant proportion of stroke patients suffer a decline in health and wellbeing post-stroke and require additional support to achieve their optimum level of recovery. The MAGIC project is focused on transforming the delivery of health and social care services for patients who have experienced a stroke. In response to the inability of services to keep pace with demand, MAGIC will run a European-wide pre-commercial procurement (PCP) focused on the development of ICT based solutions that improve the well-being and independence of stroke patients and optimise the opportunity for recovery post stroke.

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ODA – Omahoito ja digitaaliset arvopalvelut (Self care and digital value) 1.1.2016 – 31.10.2018

The ODA project aims to acquire and implement digital, device-independent service package including electronic well-being check-up and training, smart diagnosis, estimates about need for services, and electronic well-being plan. The ODA service package will be integrated with electronic patient records and another electronic services (e.g. appointment, laboratory test results). In addition, the ODA service package enables the utilization of data collected and entered by the client himself/herself. Smart combination of data from different sources provides fluent, automated self-care service chains and guides the user to receive timely services. The ODA service package maintenance and development will be implemented as agreed in national management model.

More information: Sirkka-Liisa Olli, sirkka-liisa.olli(at)ouka.fi

Insights and Business from Data 1.8.2016 – 31.12.2017

Insights and Business from Data project aims to find out how big data can be utilized to create new services and business. New ideas and insights related to tourism and senior residential environments are searched for by data mining. These ideas will be refined to new services by utilizing the innovation platform developed in the project. In addition, IT companies are trained to exploit data analytics and service design. Good long life work package, carried out by University of Oulu researchers, intent to find out what big data can reveal about the risks of depression and memory disorders and design health promoting residential environments.

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Digital Biobank 1.4.2015 - 31.5.2017

Digitalization of biological samples and generation of big data will create great opportunities to develop new forms of treatment, targeted drugs and health services. In the Digital Biobank project, a new infrastructure is built, which enables tissue sections in glass slides in the hospital pathology departments to be scanned into digital format and connected to other electronic health data. Due to the sensitive nature of clinical information, privacy and information security have played an essential role in the designed logical reference architecture for managing biobank information content. Moreover, use cases have been defined and material has been collected to research pilots, where methods and tools are developed for managing digitized tissue samples. The project is funded by European Regional Development Fund and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

More information: Pia Nyberg, pia.nyberg(at)ppshp.fi

Digital Health Revolution 1.8.2014 – 30.9.2017

Personalization of health care, health promotion, eliminating unnecessary costs, and accelerating convergence of healthcare and wellbeing business have become global megatrends in the health field. The goal of the multidisciplinary Digital Health Revolution project is to enable the utilization of health and wellbeing data about the individual as part of personal, preventive services. The approach is based on the MyData principles: human-centric data control and privacy, data utilization and an open business environment. The project outcomes include technological solutions providing easy access and portability of personal health data, as well as open environment business models, value chains and user-oriented service concepts in the healthcare sector.

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Innovation Process in Health Technology Ecosystem 1.8.2015 – 31.12.2017

Collaboration between actors from different organizations is essential for innovations. The Innovation Process in Health Technology Ecosystem project is one of the efforts put together for promoting effective innovation actions in the OuluHealth ecosystem.  The target of the project is to accelerate commercialization of health technology innovations. We´re doing that by identifying the business potential of clinical need-based research ideas in the early stage of the research and development work. A co-operation model for university, hospital and companies is developed and tested in practice with the Proof of Concept (PoC) cases funded by the project, and collaboration between actors from various backgrounds is promoted by organizing matchmaking and networking events. The project is funded through the European Regional Development Fund.  Project partners include Centre for Health and Technology (project coordinator), University of Oulu Innovation Services and OuluHealth Labs along with the group of companies.

More information: Project Coordinator Veera Virta, veera.virta(at)oulu.fi

Nordic Test Beds 1.5.2015 – 30.4.2018

Nordic university hospitals and hospital test beds vary in their methods and practices related to service production. The Nordic Test Beds (NoTeB) project will strengthen strategic and operational level cooperation on a Nordic level by creating an international collaboration network and providing companies access to 5 Nordic university hospital test beds. Companies are supported to test their health care solutions in realistic Nordic cross-border test bed environments together with care providers providing valuable feedback. The project will improve the implementation of new innovative and user friendly products/services in the health care sector. During the project a practical guide about the best operation practices related to healthcare product testing in the Nordic countries will also be created.

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TuTunKo - Turvallisuudentunne kotona (Sense of security at home) 1.2.2016 - 30.6.2017

TuTunKo project studies effects that digital services and application have on the sense of security and daily living of an cognitively impaired older adult. The aim is to find out, which things create sense of security for a person suffering from an mild cognitive impairment and to find out how their daily living and independent living at home can be supported and made easier. In the project we target on designing a personalised, tailored, user-centred digital service channel and services for persons with early cognitive impairment. The project integrates also effectiveness measurements into the digital service channel. Research is performed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and University of Oulu in cooperation with cities and companies. The project is funded through Innovative Cities programme of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for innovation.

More information: Milla Immonen, milla.immonen(at)vtt.fi

VALMUSKA - Intelligent lighting and thermal comfort technologies for care services of home-dwelling elderly people with memory disorder 1.1.2015 - 31.5.2017

Memory disorders are complicating the home-dwelling of elderly people, and solutions are needed to support their quality of life. The VALMUSKA project focus on researching and developing technologies related to intelligent lighting and thermal comfort technologies for care services of home-dwelling elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. New technological methods for improving quality of life and reducing behavioural symptoms are investigated and tested in elderly care centres in cities of Kuopio and Oulu in 2015-2017. Aim is to find cost effective retrofit solutions to be distributed as part of home-dwelling elderly peoples’ living environments. The project is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and realized in cooperation with City of Kuopio, City of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu and nine Finnish companies.

More information: Sami Siikanen, sami.siikanen(at)vtt.fi

WILLE - Wireless Lab Environment for Business 1.1.2016 – 31.5.2017

New technological service solutions are needed for several ongoing Future Hospital programmes in Finland. WILLE project aims to create a service co-creation platform to enable the co-design of novel digital services for hospital environment together with health care industry, end-users (healthcare professionals, patients, families) and researchers. The development of platform is supported by dynamic business modelling validated through two specific use cases in which novel technology solutions for 1) children surgery path from home to hospital and back home and 2) emergency & ambulance care are studied. The project will support the development of user-driven innovative service concepts for future hospitals.

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YSI – Yliopistosairaalat innovaatioalustana (University hospitals as innovation platform) 1.5.2016 - 31.12.2017

YSI project aims to enhance the operations model to find and evaluate hospital born innovations, and to bring those to new business. In addition, the aim is to support the hospital environment as platform to create and test new services, solutions and products in real environments. Project pilots will be carried out in the University hospitals of Turku and Oulu. The project is funded through the European Regional Development Fund. Project partners include Turku Science Park (coordinator), University of Turku, Hospital District of Southwest Finland, University of Oulu and Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District.

More information: Pekka Kess, pekka.kess(at)oulu.fi