Timetable: 01.01.2010 – 31.12.2012

ICTforHealth: Strenghtening social capacities for the utilisation of eHealth technologies in the framework of ageing population.


ICTforHealth was a Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 project which aimed at strengthening the social capacities of people with chronic diseases for the usage of eHealth technologies to measure, monitor and to find further information of the diseases. The project had 19 partners from 8 Baltic Sea Region countries. One of the project partners was South Ostrobothnia Health Care District, on whose behalf South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Centre coordinated the project activities.

Project aims:

The overall objective of the ICTforHealth project was that citizens with chronic diseases and health care professionals in the region of the project partners achieve the social capacity, knowledge and acceptance to utilise eHealth technologies in prevention and treatment of these diseases. Other project objectives were:

  • To create strategies to improve the social capacity of citizens and health care professionals to utilise eHealth technologies
  • Empower citizens with chronic heart disease with lifelong learning and self-monitoring
  • Educate health care professionals and citizens with chronic diseases to utilise eHealth technology
  • Enable mobile citizens with chronic diseases to document health data in a multi-lingual personal health portal


PrimCareIT received a flagship project status of the EU’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), because the project contributed to fulfilling the strategy objectives in its priority area of health.

Project and results:

During the project, partners compared national and regional strategies on the usage of eHealth in prevention and treatment of chronic diseases of ageing population. Experiences on their adaptation among citizens and health care personnel were exchanged. Also eHealth education courses were planned and realised.

In pilots health care personnel and citizens were trained to utilize eHealth technologies in preventing and treating chronic illnesses. As a result of the project and pilots, following platforms were built:

  • SALUDA: eLearning programme and electronic record for chronic illnesses
  • Vivaport: multilingual personal health portal
  • Benchmark Atlas: Interactive online system providing an overview of the predicted development of eHealth related indicators in the Baltic Sea Region countries
  • eHealth for citizen portal: portal containing information on the different possibilities of using eHealth technologies


The project was funded by the European Union’s Interreg IVB programme (Baltic Sea Region programme 2007-2013). Finnish partners were also supported by The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

More information:

ICTforHealth project website: http://www.ictforhealth.net/.

Sami Perälä
Executive director
South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Centre (EPTEK)