Health ecosystem as an enabler of innovation
Isabel Torres, General Manager Finland of Takeda Finland, says that Noona Healthcare is an excellent example of Finland’s unique health ecosystem that generates innovation.
“I came to Finland a year ago. One of the most exciting elements to me was the country’s health ecosystem, which is an enabler,” explains Torres, who has worked in many countries before including China, Singapore and the U.S.
“I appreciate the way that innovators here work with society, which produces a sustainable approach to health,” Torres continues.
“All ecosystem players working together create a conducive environment for innovation here. The system works and there is trust in society, which is something that other innovation hubs don’t have – everyone trusts the system in Finland to share data for common good. Finland has a big advantage in data and in secondary use of data.
“Finland is one of the best places to take innovation forward. It’s because of the way Finns think, how the system works and how all the processes are in place.
“Finland can be a testbed for Takeda – a platform for the development of innovations that can be scaled up,” Torres asserts.
Visa Honkanen, Chief Digital Officer at HUS, made another keynote presentation at Finnovations, in which he gave examples of the successes of the Finnish health ecosystem in data-driven innovation. He illustrated good patient outcomes resulting from a constant flow of communication between data scientists and doctors.
For example, an ongoing project utilizing AI at HUS focuses on the detection of intracranial bleeding in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, to improve the high mortality rate in such injuries. “Key to success is data scientists and doctors who understand each other,” Honkanen said.