University of Oulu and OuluHealth ecosystem strengthen the competence in digitalization of health

The Council of Oulu Region has granted 679 000 €  until summer 2020 for DigiHealth Knowledge Hub –project, coordinated by the University of Oulu. The funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund. The objective is to increase competence and capacity in terms of digitalization of health and well-being sectors.

 The granted funding will reinforce the multidisciplinary research related to digitalization of health and the already existing OuluHealth innovation ecosystem. The project creates national and international competence networks to scan, gather, and share information about the best methods of sharing and using health data. This, in turn, supports company collaboration as well as confirms knowledge related to data security in, for example, AI applications in health and social care.

Health and well-being sector is facing a significant change as the digital technologies evolve. At best, the new technologies can streamline services, improve care, and control the growth of healthcare costs while also promoting the emergence, growth, and internationalization of businesses. The fast growth and transformation of the sector create also challenges as the need for novel capacities increase simultaneously among business and healthcare professionals.

‘With this funding, we are able to meet this need, and actually we’re currently recruiting specialists to create and coordinate the key competence networks in the project. While doing this, we also build capacity for creating a strong digital health competence center in the future,’ said  Maritta Perälä-Heape, Professor of Practice at the University of Oulu.

 ‘For companies, this will produce benefits through access to cutting-edge expertise, co-creation and co-design networks as well as support in health data practices, impact evaluation, and business clustering,’added Heidi Tikanmäki, Key Account Director of Health & Life Sciences at BusinessOulu.

Centre for Health and Technology (CHT) at the University of Oulu carries the main responsibility of achieving the project’s goals. The operations will integrate in Oulu Innovation Alliance’s OuluHealth ecosystem.


Contact person

Maritta Perälä-Heape
Director, Professor of Practice
Centre for Health and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu
+358 40 6734159



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