A digi health virtual hospital

Dr. Urmas Sule, HOPE Governor for Estonia chaired the second session of country presentations.

Finland, National Coordinator, Mrs. Hannele Häkkinen.

The presenters were Marlies Strempfl, Melanie Watzinger, Stephan Granat, Constantinos Papantoniou, Petros Katsioloudes, Laura Sweeney, Nikita Bezborodovs, Guida Martins, Patricia Pacheco, Rosário Sepúlveda, Diego Llorente Pardo, Juan Rodriguez Solis, María José Cantero Sánchez. Sonia Gutierrez Gabriel, Moniek Vogelsang, Roelie Schenkel, Linda Harrington, Sarah Cadlock and Teodora Todorova.

They presented on three innovations – social and healthcare integration, digi health and the hospital at home.

They said that Finland mega trends centred around an ageing population, increasing individuality and customer orientation, increased emphasis on social and psychological needs, the use of smart technology and increasing prevalence of virtual environments in everyday life.

The vision was to make it easier to cope at home by supporting customers’ independence, improving the availability of services, increased social participation, a motivating and attractive workplace and a balanced economy.

A Digi Health Virtual Hospital, provided services for people in the remotest parts of the country. Patients could go to the library or pharmacy or other public areas in the community, log on to the service, access all specialties and speak face to face with a healthcare professional. For example, healthcare professionals could look at moles and assess them and patients could speak directly to doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Elderly people at home who might need to alert the authorities that they were unwell did not wear an alarm as in Ireland. Instead, the had a smart flower stand in their home, which used movement and memory of patients’ daily routine . Any significant changes from that routine caused an alert to go out to a family member or healthcare professional who could check to ensure the patient had not fallen or become unwell.

The benefits to the patient of staying at home were that it improved autonomy and independence, reduced the risk of hospital infections and increased patient/client satisfaction. It also reduced inpatient days and costs and kept hospital resources for specialist care.

The Hospital at Home provided IV treatments under the supervision of the hospital team.

Mallu was a mobile clinic which provided nurse consultation, preventative dental healthcare, health guidance and removed stitches and vaccinations.

Mallam, a mobile laboratory services took blood samples, carried out ECGs and collected samples brought by patients.