Finland

By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 10:16 am June 18, 2019
Finland was among the first countries in Europe to systematically introduce electronic prescriptions in 2010. “By now, all prescriptions in Finland are electronic by law. Paper is only allowed in extraordinary situations like for example a blackout,” according to Dr Konstantin Hyppönen, Chief Architect of the Finnish Kanta Services. Most recent figures show that around 30 million digital...
By Laura Lovett 01:14 pm June 14, 2019
Perhaps it’s no surprise that the startup scene is thriving in a culture known for braving harsh conditions. And while the startup world isn’t quite a wintry Finnish blizzard, it is known to test its founders and employees’ fortitude. Within the last decade Finnish digital health startups such as Meru and Kaiku have emerged as up-and-coming players on the European health scene.  Both the private...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 06:24 am June 12, 2019
In a recent survey by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, four out of ten Europeans said that a lack of trust towards service providers was preventing them from using some digital services. At the same time, nearly seven out ten European said it should be possible to identify digital services that use data in a fair way.   Surveys like these are among the reasons why a number of stakeholders...

From left to right: Wojciech Radomski, StethoMe CEO and cofounder, Dario Mazzella, META Group innovation expert, Friedrich Lämmel, Thryve CEO and cofounder

By Leontina Postelnicu 03:36 am June 12, 2019
Last week, Santosh Mohan, managing director of the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, cautioned during an Enterprise Insights Series event in Boston that the digital health market was still in its “early days”, with many expectations unfulfilled as of yet. “I want to say we are not in an investment bubble. I think the digital health solutions have started to show value and we are moving beyond...

Photo illustration by Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 02:21 pm April 18, 2019
Israel and Finland — two countries that have notably made digital health a focus of their economies — announced this week that they will work together to advance the field, starting with a Call for Proposals for joint projects between Finnish and Israeli companies. The pilot project is being led by Helsinki Business Hub and the Israeli Innovation Authority, which will offer funding and services...

Credit: Kaiku Health

By Leontina Postelnicu 05:28 am March 4, 2019
Helsinki-based health data science company Kaiku Health, which offers digital patient monitoring and patient-reported outcome services, has announced that is teaming up with Amgen to roll out digital symptom tracking for multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. In collaboration with Turku University Hospital’s hematology unit in Finland, Kaiku Health developed in 2017 an adaptive algorithm...

The view from outside Helsinki Children's Hospital. All photos by Jonah Comstock.

By Jonah Comstock 12:47 pm December 12, 2018
Helsinki Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that serves sick children from all over Finland, opened earlier this year with a price tag of €170 million, replacing an outdated facility from 1948. The building is a case study in patient-centered design and also includes a number of process innovations and digital technologies (including an iPad in each patient room). Along with a...
By Jonah Comstock 10:22 am November 21, 2018
With just five and a half million people spread out over more than 100 million square miles of land — and a nationalized system pledged to provide high-quality free medical care to them all — the nation of Finland is about as perfect a testbed for connected health innovation as you can imagine. Add in a surplus of developers left over from Nokia’s mobile phone heyday, and you have a country with...