Digitalisation is drastically changing industries and health care is not an exception. There is a growing need and demand for innovative digital health solutions. This is the basis on which Finland’s new innovation ecosystem, CleverHealth Network, builds upon. The network is coordinated by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), and it brings to together health technology know-how of companies such as Planmeca, healthcare professionals, and the precise healthcare data of HUS.
Planmeca is one of the 14 companies of the CleverHealth Network in addition to HUS. The aim of the network is to build health- and well-being technology product and service innovations to improve efficiency and patient care as well as health and well-being. HUS’s high quality health care data gathered during the past two decades enables digital data based innovations, which will contribute to many areas of health care, such as more accurate diagnosis and preventative care. In addition, the aim is to grow technology exports and increase foreign investments to Finland.
“By being part of the CleverHealth Network we further strengthen Planmeca’s collaboration with other industry players. Innovation does not happen by itself and it necessitates scientific research and efficient cooperation. The projects of the network will combine some of the highest expertise from the corporate world as well as the clinical experience and knowledge of the health sector,” said Planmeca’s Senior Vice President Tuomas Lokki. “Collaboration models such as this are vital for creating new and unseen innovations. We are excited to be a part of this great group of innovators and look forward to the solutions it will give birth to.”
The first projects of the network will begin in autumn 2017 and they are based on HUS’s specialty know-how of cancer and brain research. The ecosystem is partly funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
Text by: Sanna Tolmunen /Planmeca