The Finns’ unique genetic heritage and the breadth and depth of electronic health data records make Finland an exceptional research goldmine. We invite you to come to Helsinki Metropolitan to join the well-connected development environment 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. National agency Findata issues permits to use the data and improves data security.
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, generating up to 500,000 (every 10th Finn) biobank samples by 2023, aims at identifying 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. Research services (such as clinical studies, medical device testing, sponsored research) are offered via HUS Testbed (medical devices) and Clinical Research Institute HUCH (pharmaceuticals)*.
Helsinki Metropolitan also provides great possibilities for preclinical testing and research services in a modern environment at Metropolia Proof Health. Moreover, the City of Helsinki offer opportunities for companies to test their health and wellbeing innovations in real-life environments together with end-users and city employees.
*These R&D networks are not part of HUS procurement system.
Interested to hear more about the unique Finnish health data and how you could benefit from it?
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