Wireless Lab Environment for Business

WILLE project aims to create a service co-creation platform to enable the co-design of wireless digital services for hospital environment by researchers, industry, health care professionals and end users. The development of platform is supported by dynamic business modelling validated through proof-of-concept cases. The project will support the development of novel service concepts for future hospitals.

The project is funded through the regional EU fund and implemented 1/2016 – 5/2017.

For more information on WILLE results, scroll down for Results, events and publications section.


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Project partners include Centre for Health and Technology (coordinator), Center for ubiquitous computing, Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), Oulu Business School, Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology research consortium (all from University of Oulu), VTT, Central Finland Central Hospital and BusinessOulu. The project utilizes the OuluHealth Labs testing environments, especially Oulu University Hospital´s OYS TestLab.

Project partners from industry are: TeliaSonera, Nokia, Istekki, CGI, Tieto, Haltian, Fujitsu, IndoorAtlas & NearReal

Contact persons:

Project leader: Minna Pikkarainen, CHT
Project manager: Anna Sachinopoulou, CHT
Company collaboration: Mari Koskinen, BusinessOulu
Research track leader: Mari Ervasti, VTT
Test labarotory, devices and environment: Timo Alalääkkölä, PPSHP
Hospital collaboration: Jarmo Reponen, University of Oulu


During the project, two proof-of-concept cases will be executed with patients, healthcare professionals and companies.

In the first one we are focusing on children and their parents in care at the hospital, with the goal of covering the whole surgery process from the perspective of patients and professionals: digital support for the preparation to surgery, the surgery itself, home monitoring, and communication between the families and the hospital. The target is to develop and pilot digital services responding to the needs of the target group with support by the healthcare professionals.

Another focus area is to build better and new type of real-time data communication support between the ambulance and the emergency department. We are focusing especially on patients that are arriving to the hospital by ambulance.

Results, events & publications

To this site we will publish the results, publications and other relevant information about WILLE project.

WILLE is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willeprojekti/


More information on service co-creation platform developed in the project here (pdf): WILLE_service_co-creation_platform_definition

Project video envisaging the future emergency care

Project flyer on improvement ideas for the surgery journey of child patient (pdf): WILLE ideas for child patient surgery journey


May 4th, 2017 – WILLE final seminar Towards future social and welfare services by co-creation was organized.

January 24th, 2017 – WILLE workshop for healthcare customers who have experience of outside hospital emergency care was organized.

October 19th, 2016 – WILLE was involved in OuluHealth ecosystem day with DemoDate. In DemoDate altogether 22 companies presented their products and services to the healthcare customers and professionals at the OYS TestLab premises where the pediatric surgery path was modelled.

June 14th, 2016 – WILLE workshop for surgery patients’ parents to discuss and ideate future children’s hospital services was organized in the University of Oulu. Before the workshop was PATIO online tool was used in collecting feedback and experiences from end-users in a discussion group with a general forum discussion, a private diary and a questionnaire related to motivational aspects. Additionally, it was used as a feedback channel after the workshop.

June 9th, 20165GFWD Oulu Innovation Challenge was conducted for WILLE project by BusinessOulu during spring 2016. The Health Goes 5G category was planned by WILLE project and was based on the two pilot cases. Health goes 5G category received eleven submitted applications of which six were selected based on their innovativeness, feasibility and business potential..The finals were organized during Midnight Pitch Fest on June 9th. Kala Product´s Reusable Radio & Power Module won the Health Goes 5G track of the 5GFWD innovation competition. The other five solutions were from Pehutec, SEP Solutions, Viisaampi Marketing, Arbo Energy and Buddy HealthCare Ltd. These six companies were awarded a possibility to participate future hospital service co-creation in WILLE project.

May 17th, 2016Workshop was organized for the pediatric nurses by WILLE project. The nurses’ perspectives, needs and innovation ideas related to the pediatric challenging surgery care journey from home to surgery and back home were clarified. Data about the stakeholder interests and motivation factors related to the participation and engagement in the user community of co-creation platform was also collected.

April-May 2016Interviews were conducted for the seven doctors of Oulu University Hospital and Central Finland Central Hospital. Through the interviews core improvement areas in pediatric surgery process were identified from the doctor perspectives with observed issues and corresponding ideas of how to solve the issues.

Feb-March 2016 – Two workshops were organized for the pediatric nurses. They focused on the pediatric day surgery care processes and health professional needs. These two workshops were implemented as a group interview and were facilitated by a company which was developing a mobile application for the patients and their families, to which the nurses gave feedback as well.