The Finns’ unique genetic heritage and the breadth and depth of electronic health data records make Finland an exceptional research environment. Welcome to Helsinki Metropolitan to join the well-connected RDI community and dig into the data!
Geographic isolation has given Finns a unique, interesting genetic heritage. The entire population is covered with longitudinal electronic health and social care records and a personal identification code that is used in all healthcare and social services. The citizens have access to their records and can view and amend them with additional well-being data if they wish.
Electronic health data can be combined with biological samples and phenotype data stored in the Finnish biobanks. Fingenious Service helps researchers, both from acedemia and industry, with access to the data in Finnish biobanks. Permits for the secondary use of social and health data are granted by national agency Findata.
A great example of combining the longitudinal digital health data with genome information is the nationwide FinnGen research project, unique at its scale globally. The project that has generated over 500,000 (every 10th Finn) biobank samples, aims to identify new therapeutic targets and diagnostics for treating numerous diseases. The study brings together Finnish universities, hospitals, biobanks, and international pharmaceutical companies, and is coordinated by the University of Helsinki (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, FIMM).
Helsinki Metropolitan area’s main hospital – and one of the largest hospitals in Europe – HUS Helsinki University Hospital has the world’s most advanced and largest public data lake for research use. The hospital collaborates actively with companies in R&D projects on data, analytics and AI in the CleverHealth Network ecosystem.
In case you’re interested in preclinical testing or research in primary or specialist care, turn to Health Proof Helsinki. Health Proof Helsinki is Helsinki region’s new RDI test environment for health tech and medtech companies, run by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, City of Helsinki and HUS Helsinki University Hospital.