Lasting results achieved from four Nordic eHealth pilots

2 June, 2016 - 09:52

The Connected for Health project reached several remarkable results from its piloting and research activities, states Mrs. Marjatta Eväsoja, director of International Affairs and Culture in Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, which has been coordinating the project as Lead Partner.

In the project, four pilots were implemented in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark engaging real end users, patients, clients and professionals, mainly from sparsely populated areas that have built Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network infrastructure. The coordinator responsible for the pilots was South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Center EPTEK.

-The pilots achieved lasting results. In Alavus, Finland, best results were achieved in distance consultations for wound treatment, whereas in Hudiksvall, Sweden, it was indicated that significant cost savings can be obtained from the municipality’s point of view, tells Mr. Sami Perälä, the executive director of EPTEK.

In Alavus, the consultations are planned to be expanded to further clients. In the same way, the main result of the pilot 3, South Ostrobothnia Health Care District SOHCD, Finland, is a new distance care method developed in the pilot. The method will be integrated in the regular diabetes care services. The fourth pilot was implemented in the Region of Southern Denmark, and the main conclusion was the fact that a well-functioning infrastructure ensures reliable eHealth solutions, which can contribute to increased patient empowerment.

The partner responsible for the research actions was Acreo Swedish ICT. The pilot evaluations are based on data collected in interviews and questionnaires and on the Model for Telemedicine applications (MAST) as the guiding methodology. Business model options for the delivery of homecare were also analysed.

-All of the results are being collected in a recommendations report for future initiatives, says Mrs. Eväsoja.

There have been 14 partners involved in the project. In addition to the piloting Nordic countries, the project has also a partner from the Czech Republic. The project duration has been 12 months, ending on the 4th of June 2016. The total funding of the project is 1,7M euros. The co-funding of the project comes from the DG Connect of the European Commission. The project results were presented at the final conference “Fibre enabling eHealth” in Brussels in the end of April 2016.

 

For more information, please contact Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia:

Marjatta Eväsoja, Director of International Affairs and Culture
marjatta.evasoja [at] etela-pohjanmaa.fi 
+358 40 5296 046

Jaakko Hallila, Manager of International Affairs
jaakko.hallila [at] etela-pohjanmaa.fi
+358 40 3565 630

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