Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja were presented with 13 top companies within OuluHealth ecosystem
The initiative to deepen cooperation in healthcare between the Nordic countries was welcomed!
The Norwegian royal couple ended their four-day state visit by getting a glimpse of the future of healthcare in a high-level seminar "Citizen centred healthcare" at OuluHealth Labs in the University Hospital. Earlier on the day, the program included a study visit to the University of Oulu, Nokia as well as lunch arranged by the city of Oulu in honour of the King and Queen.
The seminar was chaired by Kyösti Oikarinen, Dean at the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Oulu. OuluHealth Labs seminar also attracted participants from Norway: the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie, around 10 Norwegian healthcare companies as well as representatives of the Norwegian government and research institutions. Program director Jon Helge Andersen informed about Norway's goal of improving the flow of information between the public and private sector.
Deepening and expanding the Nordic health care cooperation into new sectors was an idea proposed at the seminar. The proposal was welcomed by Professor Jarmo Reponen from the University of Oulu Information Systems in Health Care, Director Maritta Perälä-Heape at the Centre for Health and Technology in Oulu and Stein Olav Skrøvseth, head of Norwegian Centre for E-health Research.
About 15 top companies within the OuluHealth ecosystem attended the seminar. Six of them had the opportunity to present their products personally to the royal couple. Tuomo Liedes, the head of Norwegian Eyelife AS’s branch in Finland, presented a pocket-sized ultrasound device developed in Oulu that works wirelessly with a tablet device. Petteri Lahtela, the CEO of Ouraring Oy, introduced the company's wellness ring, and Teijo Fabritius, the CEO of Ginolis Oy, their revolutionary skin cancer sensor. Short presentations were also given by the Marketing Director of Polar Electro Marjo Piirto, the CEO of Optomed Seppo Kopsala and the co-founder of Peili Vision Mikko Kontio.
The Finnish state was represented by Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn, Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila as well as Minister Ole Norrback. Altogether 15 speeches were held at the seminar, among others the Director of Healthcare and Social Welfare at the City of Oulu Kirsti Ylitalo-Katajisto, Director of The Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District Hannu Leskinen and Program Director of OuluHealth Noora Jansson.
Finnish Companies present (13) at the seminar:
Ginolis, 9Solutions , Eyelife SA, Innokas Medical, IoT Instruments, Ouraring, Kide Systems, Medanets, QuietOn, Tieto, Optomed, Peili Vision and Polar Electro.
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