While healthcare decision makers are eager to digitalize services, they often struggle to scale them up across large numbers of patients. A successful new service concept developed in Finland has shown there is a way.
The largest university hospital district from Finland, Helsinki University Hospital (HUS), was able to create and scale up digital services to over 100 patient groups within one year. Through a service concept called Health Village, it has accelerated digitalization and brought patient care all under one umbrella service. The service continues to grow at a pace that nobody would have anticipated.
“Health Village is not only an IT platform or a digital toolbox,” says Visa Honkanen, Director of Strategic Development, Helsinki University Hospital. “It also includes change management tools, which are essential in building hybrid paths for both face-to-face and digital services.”
Health Village is now available to international users. The concept is scalable for many countries’ and organizations’ specific needs. Data that accumulates through Health Village is a rich resource for research, development and quality improvement activities. Health Village content has been developed in cooperation with Finnish university hospitals, with Innofactor, Microsoft and Tieto serving as key technology partners.
At present, Health Village consists of 32 hubs with different health themes and 115 digital care paths. The number of monthly visitors averages 615,000, all of whom have access to advice, self-assessments, quizzes and risk tests.
Health Village is showcased at HIMSS | Health 2.0 European Conference & Exhibition, taking place in Helsinki on June 11-13, 2019. Come meet us at booth 6a30.
What is Health Village
- Services for all citizens, patients and professionals.
- Cost control and time savings.
- Easier access to quality care.
Health Village benefits health care organizations
- Includes a scalable and engaging digital service platform and an eHealth development program.
- Supports an operational change in the health sector instead of just digitalizing old services or providing new services within an old service framework.
- Easy way to provide and build digital services.
- Possible to gather data and connect with management and research systems.
Päivi Lehto-Trapnowski, Communications Helsinki University Hospital
At HUS Helsinki University Hospital more than half a million patients receive medical care annually. We have 25,000 professionals working for the best of all patients. We are responsible for providing specialized health care for the residents of our 24 member municipalities. In addition, the treatment of many rare and severe diseases is nationally centralized to HUS.
HUS is the biggest health care provider and the second largest employer in Finland. Our expertise is internationally recognized and accredited. As a university hospital, we continuously develop and evaluate our treatment methods and activities.
Innofactor is the leading driver of the modern digital organization in the Nordic Countries for its over 1,500 customers in commercial, public and third sector. Innofactor has the widest solution offering and leading know-how in the Microsoft ecosystem in the Nordics. Innofactor has approximately 600 enthusiastic and motivated top specialists in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. In 2014–2018, the annual growth of Innofactor's net sales has been approximately over 14%. The Innofactor Plc share is listed in the technology section of the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki Oy. www.innofactor.com #ModernDigitalOrganization
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com