University of Turku Participates in Smart Health for Europe Event on October 7


The University of Turku, in collaboration with Novartis Finland Oy, Business Finland, the University of Eastern Finland, and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, organises a Smart Health for Europe seminar at Musiikkitalo on October 7, 2019. The seminar explores future health ecosystems and networks with Smart Health stakeholders from start-ups to healthcare decision makers, investors and more. The Finnish EU Presidency in 2019 provides a great opportunity to discuss the combination of legislation, health sector growth, research and development, and start-ups. 

At the heart of Smart Health is delivering the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, that is faster, better and more personalised healthcare. But what are the prerequisites for Smart Health and the benefits to the patients, the European healthcare systems and the societies?

A functioning, collaborative Smart Health ecosystem could create not only more health but also more economic well-being for our continent. Smart Health for Europe offers health system decision-makers a platform to explore the future health ecosystems.

– Even tough Smart Health is more than just health data, the data is becoming a crucial part of promoting health, prevention of diseases, and fast health care. Smart Health for Europe addresses topics like fair and beneficial use and governance of health data, effective health care, possibilities for health care economy, and data-driven medicine and healthcare management – without forgetting the case examples, says Vice Rector of the University of Turku Kalle-Antti Suominen, who is responsible for research.

EU Presidency an Important Stepping Stone for Smart Health Roadmap

The Finnish EU Presidency 2019 is the time to start the creation of a Smart Health roadmap. In the coming years, Europe has the potential to move towards a globally leading position in healthcare and health systems driven by digital healthcare and precision medicine.

– The Finnish EU Presidency marks and builds the future of Europe. Health care sector is a fast developing field both from the point of view of patient well-being as well as the economy, and Smart Health is a crucial part of the future of the whole field. Our event aimes to highlight the importance of the developing health care sector for the future of Finland and all Europe, says Managing Director of Novartis Finland Antti Viitanen.

Leading Experts in Europe Speak at the Event

Among the speakers are, for example, Professor emeritus Mika Scheinin from the University of Turku, who talks about the ethics of using health data, and the Head of Auria Clinical Informatics and a docent at University of Turku, Arho Virkki, who discusses the subject of transforming data into knowledge for better healthcare.

Among the speakers are also Lisa Witte-Stremmel from the German Ministry of Health, talking about the German vision to Smart Health, and Antti Peltomäki, the Head of the European Commission Representation in Finland, who discusses health sector and Finland from the perspective of the EU and in relation to the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI). Petri Nikkilä, the EVP Chief Commercial and Digital Officer of Nordea, offers a different point of view - what can we learn from banking sector? The other speakers cover themes such as roadmap of Smart Health and the new concepts in health sector. 

Smart Health stakeholders are warmly welcome to join the event and network with fellow scientists, healthcare leaders and decision makers, members of the Finnish and European parliaments, biobanks and national centres of excellence, civil servants, MedTech, HealthTech and pharmaceuticals industry, and European and local innovators and investors.

The seminar will be held at Musiikkitalo in Helsinki and it is free of charge. 

Created 27.09.2019 | Updated 27.09.2019