Significant steps forward are taken in Satakunta in the development of health technology and medical research. The objective of the cooperation between Satasairaala and SAMK is to harness the competence of RoboAI not only in industry but also in the fields of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and welfare technology to the benefit of medicine and healthcare.
Cooperation that transcends organizational boundaries
Cooperation is built around so-called innovation platforms. One platform is a research and development centre designed for Satasairaala, i.e. a simulation facility. In the simulation facility, health technology can be tested and developed in as authentic an environment as possible. Companies get direct feedback from healthcare professionals of the technologies tested in the simulation facility, and when product development has advanced, the product can be tested in clinical operation at hospital. The testing of field research methods has been started in several projects. One example of the designed new service model is a model related to the identification of sleep apnoea. This model is connected to Pori Social and Healthcare Division and their Pori75 welfare clinic project.
The other innovation platform is Auria Clinical Informatics´ data pool that unifies the health information of thousands of patients during several decades into one data pool. The data pool contains specialized health care information from Satasairaala, Vaasa Central Hospital and Turku University Hospital, and data from individual municipalities´ primary healthcare as well as data from private laboratories. Utilization of data pool was made possible by the Act on the Secondary Use of Health and Social Data laid down in May 2019. The act creates better preconditions to use data for the research and innovation activities related to the citizens´ health, prevention of diseases and development of new treatment methods.
Future Hospital is a part of national TestBed network.
Data security at the centre in the utilization of data pool
Future Hospital cooperation lowers the threshold for researchers and companies to use the data available by building technology around the pool and by offering consulting service. A customer service counter is under preparation in Satakunta, with the aim of assisting the researchers wrestling with research ideas.
Research permit enabling the use of data pool has been granted to Satakunta Hospital District to use the data. A similar permit process is also behind the data found in other hospital districts located in Auria´s pool. In future, consulting service will help the researchers and companies together with Auria Clinical Informatics to proceed to the permit process, and thus utilize the data in data pool.
Before that, in order to utilize a huge amount of information, secure data management software has to be built first, and several technical details need to be solved. CSC supercomputers´ computing power will be utilized during year 2020. Utilizing the data pool is a significant step forward for the Finnish medical research, and it is also interesting on an international level: a nationally consistent data pool of this magnitude does not exist anywhere else.
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