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.