The Virtual Hospital 2.0-improved healthcare services for citizens, patients and professionals

The Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District is participating in the Virtual Hospital 2.0 project (Virtuaalisairaala 2.0) that aims at developing client-oriented digital healthcare services for citizens, patients, and professionals. The project, which runs from 2016 to 2018, is a joint initiative coordinated by the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS.

The initiative brings together primary healthcare, the hospital districts, the catchment areas of highly specialised medical care, research institutes, the private sector, and patients for a closer collaboration. Its main goal is to create better healthcare services to a greater number of people regardless of their place of residence and income.

The project’s central outcome will be the Health Village concept (Terveyskylä) that will offer easily accessible digital health services. Patients will receive advice, relevant information and care support online, while health professionals will be provided with better tools to work with.The Health Village will enable monitoring of the quality of life, symptoms of illnesses and the process of treatment itself, especially in the case of long-term illnesses. The importance of anticipatory care will increase and the possibilities for people to maintain their well-being will improve substantially.

Participants:

  • the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS
  • the Pirkanmaa Hospital District
  • the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District
  • the Hospital District of Northern Savo
  • the Hospital District of Southwest Finland

Goals:

  • to raise the quality of healthcare services and improve their accessibility with the use of digital technology
  • to bring savings as well as make work in the health sector smoother and more efficient
  • to contribute to effective prevention of illnesses
  • to strengthen equality of citizens
  • to save patients’ time by limiting the number of medical appointments
  • to develop the Innovation Farm that will include workshops, piloting, artificial intelligence, IoT, research and the researcher’s tool

Click here to read more about the Virtual Hospital 2.0 project in Finnish.

 

 

Joanna Seppänen

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