Centre for Health and Technology

Centre for Health and Technology - your support in research, development, and innovation (RDI) operations and partnerships in health and wellbeing

What we do

Centre for Health and Technology (CHT) supports research and innovation to solve challenges in data-driven health and wellbeing. Our goal is to

  • Increase knowledge by sharing best practices and expertise
  • Boost innovation by creating and providing new tools, methods, and guidance
  • Open collaboration opportunities by building and coordinating new research and innovation partnerships 

We have over 10 years of experience in the field of health and wellbeing. As part of OuluHealth ecosystem, we facilitate collaboration between research, companies, and health service providers. We are part of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu.

OuluHealth Ecosystem Collaboration

Centre for Health and Technology coordinates research, development, and innovation (RDI) activities in the multi-stakeholder OuluHealth ecosystem. CHT is also leading the OuluHealth ecosystem’s spearhead program "Data enabled solutions in preventive and supportive healthcare” and its cooperation (2021-2027) within Oulu Innovation Alliance operations. 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. 

More information about OuluHealth and projects coming soon.

Innovation Networks

CHT develops RDI cooperation between regional, national, and international knowledge partnerships and digital innovation hubs. The aim of the network collaboration and outreaching activities is to enable joint activities and peer learning in data-intensive RDI. These partnerships and networks are there to support this goal, and CHT team can help also you in finding the right partners for your RDI project.

CHT is leading the National Data Innovation Ecosystem Collaboration Network (HYTKI) and creating synergies with European innovation partnerships and activities related to health data and human-centered data management (MyData).

More information about the networks and partnerships coming soon. 

Research Collaboration

CHT works in close collaboration with the University of Oulu’s multidisciplinary profiling research programs and researchers in Digital Health and Solutions and Responsible Innovations for the Future Sustainable Society (6G-FSS). The themes of collaboration focus on impact and business solutions of digital health, next-generation data, and citizen-centered data-driven preventive solutions.

Services for Digital Health and Data Skills

We are developing opportunities to increase health data management skills and capabilities for secondary use of data, thus enabling data-driven innovation.

We contribute actively to building competencies to fully exploit health and wellbeing data, to be used also in predictive healthcare services in the future. We promote know-how in the data exploiting and enabling technologies like AI, data analytics, and machine learning while creating new data-led service solutions. The aim is to promote the potential of health data exploitation as part of preventive and personalized health care.

With the tools provided below, you can review the environment for health-data based RDI, create a plan for your own RDI-projects, and also check the requirements of Digi-HTA, which can be used as guidance in your development project.

Contact us

You can contact us by email (frontname.lastname@oulu.fi) or phone, or visit our offices at the Faculty of Medicine main building (Aapistie 5A, 1st floor)

Street address: Aapistie 5A, 90220 Oulu
Postal Address: University of Oulu, Centre for Health and Technology, PL 5000, 90014 Oulun yliopisto, FINLAND

Maritta Perälä-Heape, Director, Professor of Practice, Data-enabled Healthcare Solutions and Innovation Ecosystems, +358 40 6734159
Jarmo Pääkkönen, Project Coordinator, Health Data Management Solutions, +358 40 5433422
Elina Salla, Project Coordinator, +358 50 4720249
Veera Virta, Project Coordination and Communication, +358 50 3409870

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