Virtual hospitals created in collaboration by university hospital districts

Health Village services were developed by Virtuaalisairaala 2.0 (The Virtual Hospital 2.0) project in 2016-2018.  Development continues in university hospitals.

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Virtual Hospital project's central outcome is the Terveyskylä.fi ('Health Village') digital health service. It provides information and support for citizens, care for patients and tools for professionals. The service comprises various themed virtual houses. Currently 31 houses and services are available for more than 30 groups of patients.

Health Villages servicesa are available to all Finns regardless of their place of residence and income level, thus improving the equality of citizens. Digital services are especially well suited for monitoring the quality of life, symptoms and lifestyle, and also for living with a long-term illness before and during treatment and in the monitoring stage of the treatment. The services complement the traditional treatment paths.

Living with a long-term illness can be supported with the help of virtual services, and patients provided with support for self-monitoring. The importance of anticipatory care will also increase and the possibilities for people to maintain their well-being will improve substantially. In addition, digital health services harmonise and develop care processes. At the same time, they make the work in the healthcare sector smoother and more diverse.

Participants and financing

Health Village is developed by all the university hospitals in Finland, and their population responsibility and catchment area covers all Finns. The participants in the project include

  • Helsinki University Hospital, which coordinates the project
  • Kuopio University Hospital
  • Tampere University Hospital 
  • Turku University Hospital 
  • Oulu University Hospital

In the Virtuaalisairaala 2.0 project, primary healthcare in the regions, the hospital districts, the catchment areas for highly specialised medical care and the hospital areas, research institutes, the private sector, and patients and patient organisations work in cooperation. The project is also aimed at supporting the capacity of the counties responsible for organising social and healthcare services to organise client-oriented services. Project  runned from 2016 to 2018

The project has been granted funding totalling millions of euros by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The total of €12 million consists of €6 million from the key project Public services will be digitalised in the Government Programme and another €6 million that is funded by the university hospital districts themselves.   

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Päivitetty  13.5.2019 9.18