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Innovation in action: 3 examples from the happiest country in the world

Finland, one of the most innovative countries in the world, is now the happiest, too. Possibly this is why Finns innovate in a particularly human-centric way. Below you will find three real-life solutions that help people live fuller lives.

Today, healthcare is at a turning point. Digital innovations are affecting how people think about health issues and what they expect from healthcare.

In all Nordic countries, the state carries the responsibility for basic healthcare. IT could be used in many ways to make it more efficient, but so far, the focus has been on back-end processes with nearly universal use of nation-wide health record systems. This has made healthcare processes IT-heavy, using a lot of the doctors’ time – valuable time away from the patients. As IT solution providers, we should support better quality of life, not time-consuming processes.

What we all want is to become more involved in our own wellness and healthcare. We want technology to support us in better understanding our condition – and in getting better treatment and support. We want that our own data helps us get fitter and healthier. We want focus on the person, not the system.

That is exactly what Fujitsu is working on in Finland. Read on!

CleverHealth Network

CleverHealth Network, an ecosystem coordinated by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa or HUS, launched a very interesting development project in March 2018. The project studies how to support the treatment of gestational diabetes with a new digital service model based on artificial intelligence. Fujitsu is in charge of the project’s data integration and modelling, as well as the design of the user interface for healthcare personnel.

The project aims to improve the treatment and monitoring of gestational diabetes by developing a mobile application for measuring expectant mother’s blood glucose levels, physical activity, nutrition, pulse, and daily weight, and storing it in the cloud in real time.

Fujitsu’s responsibility is to make the data compatible with HUS’s data lake and the national Personal Health Record (Kanta PHR), where citizens can store data on their health and wellbeing based on their own measurements.

The project will make use of machine learning to provide guidance and treatment that are in line with the patient’s risk profile and meet her individual needs. Artificial intelligence also makes it possible to make predictions of both the mother’s and the child’s future health.

We are going to combine technologies we have developed in Japan and Finland to create a new service platform suitable for utilizing sensor data, analytics, and AI. Meaningful visualization of data is particularly important when designing a user interface for healthcare professionals: all key data and significant deviations must be clearly visible in one view.

HUS’s unique data and the maternity hospital of the Helsinki University Hospital – one of the largest in Europe – provide an excellent environment for cooperation between various stakeholders. Integrating service development into clinical practice and high-quality research offers a remarkable opportunity to revise the prevention and treatment of national diseases in Finland. The agility of the CleverHealth Network ecosystem has enabled rapid progress, and now we can start the concrete development of new services in the first development project.

A 3D insight into the human heart

Using 3D simulation, the Fujitsu Heart Explorer solution portrays human heart in action. Virtual reality opens a uniquely precise, three-dimensional view into human physiology. The development of the Heart Explorer solution began in Japan in 2014, and in March 2018 it was launched in Finland.

Cardiac activity has been 3D-modelled in the Heart Explorer using supercomputer and supercomputing. With the solution, doctors gain accurate insight into the movements of the aorta and myocardium as well as blood flow directions. It allows the simulation and computation of heart movements, blood flow, pressure propagation, and chamber volumes in a healthy or diseased heart. Users can easily rotate the viewing angle and access analysis tools.

This marks the first time that a functioning heart can be modelled at this level of precision in 3D, allowing doctors to view the different layers of its activity. There are not many doctors who have previously had the opportunity to actually inspect, in a 360-degree 3D view, how a pacemaker affects the ECG, for example. In other words, the new solution literally offers new points of view.

Heart Explorer was recently presented to healthcare professionals at an AI seminar by HUS in Helsinki. The solution is available for testing at HUS’s VR laboratory till the summer of 2018.

Kiduku is moving ahead

IoT and cloud-based Kiduku concept are also making exciting progress in Finland. For the first time ever, it is currently being tested as a physiotherapeutic tool for professionals. The solution has been created in Finland in a co-creation model with FLL.

The solution is used to monitor the patient´s movement when he is walking. Based on the analysis of this testing, the solution will be developed further.

Today, physiotherapists analyze the customer’s walking visually, only using their own eyes. They also enter their assessment manually into the information system.

Fujitsu wants to offer a new type of “walking monitoring” product for physiotherapists:

The patient has sensors attached to both ankles, and the data is updated straight to physiotherapist´s workstation. The application does not count steps but the swing time and acceleration of the legs as well as the symmetry of the movement of the different limbs. For example, if the patient’s knee has been operated on recently, the swing time of one leg differs from the other. The physiotherapist receives an image of the motion and is able to compare the new data against the previous measurement.

In the future, a mobile interface will be available, too. That makes it easy to gather the sensor data on a tablet and store it in the K5 cloud.

To become a tool for every physiotherapist, concept’s productization is intended to extend from the sensors all the way to its technical support. The aim is to make it as easy and comfortable to use for both the patient and the therapist. All information and user experience gathered during the test phase will be utilized in further development. The first comments from the test team have been very positive.

How to keep up the good spirit?

So, this is in a nutshell what we are doing at the moment in healthcare area in Finland, the happiest country in the world according to the latest World Happiness Report by United Nations.

Finland’s ranking was based on key factors that support well-being: high income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity. Fujitsu’s solutions are all based on the same factors.

We keep finding new solutions for people because our starting point is always their needs in their daily life. We believe that this is the key to success now and in the future.

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