Connected for Health

Timetable: 5.6.2015–4.6.2016

Connected for Health is an international health technology project funded by the European Commission. The project has 13 partners in four European Union countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Czech Republic). Project is led by the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland). Other Finnish project partners include South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Center (EPTEK), South Ostrobothnia Health Care District (SOHCD), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, City of Alavus and Kuusiokunnat Primary Health Care District. EPTEK is responsible for leading the project’s pilot work group, thus coordinating the co-operation between pilots that are carried out in partner counties during the project.

The project’s key objective is to identify, test and evaluate new and existing systems and services for providing accessible home health care over open FTTH networks. The idea is to find most suitable, user friendly and cost-efficient combinations of systems for individual needs of patients and clients. At the same time, partners gather information on the advantages of open FTTH networks in arranging distance health services in rural areas.

During the project, four pilots will be carried out; two in Finland, one in Sweden and one in Denmark. One of the Finnish pilots will be arranged in the region of Alavus and Kuusiokunnat; another one by South Ostrobothnia Health Care District. The pilot in Alavus will concentrate on testing health technologies that support the home care sector’s needs, and also on piloting distance consultation possibilities between home care and primary health care. SOHCD’s pilot focuses on developing electronic health care services and information delivery methods through Hyvis portal. Target group in the pilot are citizens who have diabetes. Additionally, the pilot will carry out distance consultations between central hospital, primary health care units and home care units.

Project budget is appr. 1,7 million euros. 50 % of the funding comes from the European Commission and 50 % is funded by partner organisations. The project started in June 2015 and lasts for one year.

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