This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320021
READi for Health project goals and achievements were presented in the yearly Autumn Forum event organized by Centre for Health and Technology August 23rd in Nallikari, Oulu.
Jarmo Pääkkönen, READi for Health project coordinator presented the eight project actions to event participants. From perspective of the Region of Oulu, especially Capacity building action which aimed to develop sustainable eHealth education to health care professionals, seem to have resulted in remarkable achievements. We managed to set up a successful eHealth education pilot where medical students tested in practice digital health care solutions developed by companies. This kind of eHealth education will continue to be part of medical students´ education also in the future in the University of Oulu, Pääkkönen said.
The Region of Oulu is also involved in new initiatives related to READi actions Procurement as a tool for innovation and Big Data and the cloud. MAGIC will run a European-wide pre-commercial procurement (PCP) focused on the development of ICT based solutions that improve the well-being of stroke patients and optimise the opportunity for post stroke recovery. In addition, we are involved in Horizon2020-funded MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data Analytics and Services) and Finnish Datasta oivalluksia ja bisnestä projects, which both concentrate on the utilization of Big Data, Pääkkönen told.
In Finland the project team has participated to activities related to the construction of the National Architecture for Digital Services (Kansallinen palveluarkkitehtuuri, KaPa), a compatible infrastructure facilitating information transfer between organizations and services. Region’s municipalities are now piloting and implementing services created in KaPa process. There is also funding available when municipalities renew and digitalize their services, Mikko Väisänen, Manager for Research and Development at Council of Oulu Region told.
In Oulu eHealth innovation hub, representing one of the READi for Health project actions, has also been established. OuluHealth Labs provides companies a unique, integrated health test and development environment. Cross-regional collaboration with living labs established to other project regions will be important in the future. I believe that exchange of information and experiences will help these testing environments further speed up the eHealth service uptake and business development, Väisänen said.
A copy of the slides are available here
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