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HealthTech Nordic congratulates Diia.Business on winning the EEPA Award

Publicerad: 30 november, 2022 av Lovisa Demirci |

The Ukrainian project Diia.Business won the European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) 2022. Diia.Business is the first Ukrainian national project for entrepreneurship and export development. HealtTech Nordic came in joint second place and is ranked as one of the top EU-funded projects of 2022.

Since 2006 the European Enterprise Promotion Awards has rewarded those who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level. Projects from across Europe compete in six categories and HealthTech Nordic came joint second in category four: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business. Ahead of the award ceremony on 29 November 2022, 186 projects from 26 countries have been evaluated.

Diia.Business covers the entire business development cycle, from finding an idea to its internationalisation, including participation in international trade events. The project has two components: an online portal and an offline network of 12 support centres for entrepreneurs. The total coverage of the online component of the project is more than 3.2 million visits. The total coverage of the network of support centres for entrepreneurs is more than 40,000 visitors.

In July, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth nominated HealthTech Nordic 2.0 for the European Enterprise Promotion Award for its job creation. In September, the European jury announced that the project had advanced to the finals.

– The whole HealthTech Nordic community congratulates Ukraine for the award. They are truly worthy winners. At the same time, we are incredibly proud to come in joint second place. We are among the top EU-funded projects of 2022. In HealthTech Nordic we do everything we can to support these entrepreneurs and accelerate their business internationalisation and expansion globally. Our members are growing, creating more jobs and expanding their businesses. Together we are changing the world, says Margareta Wallentén, Project Manager for HealthTech Nordic.

HealthTech Nordic Conference 2022

Publicerad: 21 september, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

Thank you to all participants and guest speakers who joined us at the HealthTech Nordic international conference at HUONE in Copenhagen 8-9 September 2022. The ambition was to find a game plan that leads to smarter healthcare systems and tells us what needs to be done to get there. Which we did, and will work with going forward! The healthcare challenge is global, we need to work together to increase the implementation of healthtech.

Together we can break the waves towards smarter healthcare, for all.

Please find the full version of the recorded conference and interviews below.

AGENDA

1:35 HealthTech Nordic, Introduction
Marianne Larsson Director of HealthTech Nordic

13:01 QALY: A way to use health claims in your value proposition?
Filipa Sampaio and Camilla Nystrand, Health Economists at NordIQ Analytics, and Aldo Vermiglio and Johan Rosendahl Innovation Managers, at Innovation Skåne

40:49 Precision Health
Sofia Gerward, Head of Medical Affairs at Novo Nordisk

1:07:47 Public-private partnerships for healthcare AI
Tina Juul (PhD), Business Development Director at IQVIA

1:34:11 The importance of lowering barriers for procurers to identify state-of-art solutions
Nima Jokilaakso, PhD, Senior Advisor at Business Finland

2:06:52 How to become market leaders using co-creation
Andreas Dam, CEO of Daman

2:30:50 The future of digital health reimbursement
Jesper Grønbæk, Founder & CEO of Health Tech Hub Copenhagen

2:52:23 Panel: Hurdles for wide implementation in public healthcare systems, and how to overcome them. Moderator: Mette Smith Thastum, Special Advisor healthtech, Valentin Bejan, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Health Tech Hub Copenhagen, Peter Kjäll HealthTech Lead at TechSverige and Mikael Rinnetmäki CEO of Sensotrend

3:21:06 The future must be Together
Towa Jexmark, Head of Innovation & Strategic partnership, and Sören Meelby, Business Innovation Director, at Ramsay Santé

3:48:30 Innovation in the Cloud – AWS Vision and Strategy for Healthcare
Harri Tatti, Sales Executive, EMEA Healthcare at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

4:21:10 The journey behind the vision to limit the spread of infectious diseases worldwide
Andreas Nyberg, CSO and founding partner at Diagonal Bio

4:44:42 How to create a scale-up: RTFM
Heidi Blengsli Aabel, CEO of CheckWare Norge

5:18:25 HealthTech Nordic conference, summary and what’s to come
Marianne Larsson Director of HealthTech Nordic

Short sum up of the conference

Our hosts sum up the days: Marianne Larsson Director of HealthTech Nordic, Annica Grimberg Lignell, Head of business department at Sahlgrenska Science Park, Bent-Håkon Lauritzen, Project manager and advisor at Norway Health Tech and, Anett Falussy, Head of Communications & Events at Health Tech Hub Copenhagen.

Interviews with participants at the conference

Margareta Wallentén, Project Manager at HealthTech Nordic, meets participants to find out what they will bring home from the two day conference – and what has been the best part.

New way of measuring health effects and public benefits of healthtech can facilitate decision making

Publicerad: 8 september, 2022 av Lovisa Demirci |

A new study has analysed data from healthtech companies to test whether it is possible to measure the societal impact, based on the solution’s impact on quality of life. The used method is already well established within other areas, and the analysis indicates an application of the method has a big potential. The study – which shows new ways to measure effects of health-tech solutions – will be presented at the HealthTech Nordic International Conference the 8th of September in Copenhagen.

The analysis was commissioned by HealthTech Nordic and aims to translate results from clinical studies to quality-adjusted life years “QALY”, which can be used to evaluate and compare different medical interventions. The method can also be useful in cost-effectiveness analyses and has, for example, been use for a long time by the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare providers when deciding what medicines may cost for the benefit they provide.

The method has, for example, been used for a long time by the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare providers when deciding what medicines may cost for the benefit they provide.

The idea of the study is to try to find a widely accepted, standardized and scientifically accepted way of evaluating the societal effect – also when introducing digital technology in the healthcare. Could it facilitate decision-making and contributing to a way of measuring the aggregate effects in society of introducing digital health technology.

– We wanted to explore new ways of measuring what effects health tech solutions have on the public health. The effects of new technology within healthcare is often difficult to measure, but this is an example which shows that it is possible, Johan Rosendahl, Innovation Leader at Innovation Skåne and HealthTech Nordic said.

The willingness to pay for a QALY-year is up to 500 000 SEK (46 700 EUR) for a moderate disease and up to 2 000 000 SEK (186 800 EUR) for uncommon, severe diseases according to The Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV). 

– This approach could provide important information to decision maker who are responsible for the development within healthcare. The data clarifies the effects and can hopefully contribute to better ways to measure effects of new solutions, Johan Rosendahl said and adds:

– We are aware that this method is based on one, of several, ways to measure. The long-term goal for us is to find a common way to evaluate the public benefit from innovations, and we want to encourage discussions about different ways to attack this issue, Johan Rosendahl said.

The QALY-analyse is done by NordIQ, a health economics and outcomes research consultancy.

HealthTech Nordic nominated to award for the best European projects – which support startups and entrepreneurship!

Publicerad: 25 augusti, 2022 av Lovisa Demirci |

We are incredibly proud to have been nominated once again. The nomination is based on the results created in the project. We are convinced that the target of 1 000 new jobs within the project time will be reached. Hopefully, we will be as happy as we were 2019 in Helsinki winning the EEPA Award, at the finale in Prague in November, says Margareta Wallentén, project manager for HealthTech Nordic.

On a global market, the challenges are the same: access to good and equal care when lacking resources such as money, competence, and increasing care needs. The digitalization of healthcare and welfare provides more, better, health for the money by the individual, patients, relatives, and profession.

– The HealthTech Nordic community, of more than 330 member companies, is leading the way for this paradigm shift. The companies are changing the way we give and receive care with their unique solutions. The nomination from EEPA in the category Supporting internationalization of business proves to us that we are working in the right way, expanding businesses and creating new jobs Margareta Wallentén adds.

Awards projects which support startups and entrepreneurship

European Enterprise Promotion Award awards the best European projects which support startups and entrepreneurship. Projects from all over Europe compete in six categories. The European Commission’s European Enterprise Promotion Award has run continuously since 2006.

In July this year, The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) announced that HealthTech Nordic had won the national Swedish award which preceded the nomination for the European competition. The winner will be announced at the price ceremony in Praha, November 2022.

Sensotrend offers remote monitoring solutions for diabetes

Publicerad: 17 juni, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

Sensotrend data integration solutions Sensotrend Connect and Sensotrend Uploader integrate with both medical devices and wellness trackers, and offer the most comprehensive set of data available on the market.

Sensotrend Dashboard, a data visualization tool combines data from multiple sources and derives actionable insights to assist in treatment of diabetes.

Sensotrend’s comprehensive Care Plan for Diabetes structures the best practices for diabetes treatment into an app. It highlights any gaps in treatment and focuses on the goals and life events of the patient.

Both the Dashboard and the Careplan are fully integrated with clinical workflows and can show the view of the patient with a single click on any SMART or CCOW capable electronic health record system.

With all its products, Sensotrend’s approach to data sharing is both secure and privacy-preserving, and respects patients’ rights over the use of their data. It has been recognized with several awards. Sensotrend is a founding member of the MyData Global organization and an awarded MyData Operator. Sensotrend is also one of the winners of Sitra’s Fair Health Data Challenge, and part of the first use case under implementation in the Gaia-X Health network.

– Healthcare systems around the world are renewing their services through digitization. The key to digitization is data, and we need to build the mechanisms to access the data in the right way, right from the start. We need to acknowledge the role of the patients, and respect their perspectives says Mikael Rinnetmäki, founder of the company.

Sensotrend at HIMSS

Sensotrend is a member of the HealthTech Nordic network and is selected to present at the HIMSS conference in Helsinki 14-16 June. Welcome to listen to their presentation 16 June, 10.30-11.30 am in conference room 206.

Contact: Mikael Rinnetmäki, mikael@sensotrend.com

Patient Journey App enables clinics to streamline their process, reduce costs, and improve health outcomes

Publicerad: 17 juni, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

Patient Journey App allows healthcare providers to share information with their patients and their families through every step of treatment. An interactive timeline engages patients in their healthcare by sending them the right information at the right time. Patient Journey App focuses on continuously improving their services to help 100+ hospitals and clinics meet today’s healthcare challenges with over 600,000 users in 18 countries.

Conceived in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, Patient Journey App is designed to empower patients through education, maximise time spent during in-person consultation, and ensure fewer missed appointments and cancelled surgeries. Using the app can also lead to fewer readmissions and shortened hospital stays by sending patients important medication and recovery reminders and allowing healthcare providers to capture and respond to real-time feedback.

The app enables healthcare professionals to remotely monitor patients and collect important data such as pain scores, therapy adherence, healing progress, and PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures). Using this information, the app can direct patients towards more specific advice to help improve overall health outcomes. Push notifications can be used to remind patients about of things like fasting protocol, wound care guidelines, physiotherapy exercises, or medication instructions.

– In modern medicine, patients are provided with information about pain management, physiotherapy exercises, and wound care, as well as everyday things like how long after surgery they can shower. However, people are only capable of processing a limited amount of information at one time, and therefore often leave the hospital with limited knowledge and confidence to take care of themselves says Dr Thomas Timmers, CEO and co-founder of Patient Journey App.

– By receiving push notifications patients are reminded of important information that is relevant at specific moments of treatment, helping them better understand what matters most, even after they have been discharged says Dr Thomas Timmers, CEO and co-founder of Patient Journey App. 

A recent study showed that compared to usual care, Patient Journey App was effective in improving health outcomes for 69% of patients. Effectiveness increased to 82% when the intervention had a duration shorter than one month and 78% when the intervention provided at least one push notification per week. The intervention of the app had the highest impact on patient satisfaction with information, adherence to treatment instructions and medication usage, clinical outcomes, and overall knowledge.  

PatientJourney App at Himss

Patient Journey App is a member of the HealthTech Nordic network and is selected to present at their pavilion 410 at the HIMSS conference in Helsinki 15-16 June. You can also listen to Patient Journey App presenting in conference room 207, 15 June 1.30-2.30 pm.  

AI-analysis of staff behavior predicts sick leave absence

Publicerad: 16 juni, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

SynPlan is an AI solution that helps healthcare organisations optimise workforce planning. Using advanced AI and ML technology, SynPlan systemises the analysis of historical data as well as new experiences when new data arrives. By processing all available sources of staffing data, SynPlan can, for instance, predict future sick-leave absence and related budget spending.

The planners get an outlook of short- or long-term staffing and can reduce the time spent on workforce planning and scheduling. At the same time, they can adjust their plans, moving the right resources to where or when needed the most. Having the right plan helps keep the budget under control by not overspending on unexpected temporary employees. Currently, SynPlan is helping more than 10,000 healthcare workers from Norwegian municipalities be more productive. The customers report 6.7% cost savings, a 25% increase in full-time employees and 50% time-saving in planning tasks.

– Having a more predictable day also improves the work environment, efficiency and comfort of the staff, says Hai Thanh Nguyen, CEO of SynPlan.

– Our primary customers are municipalities, hospitals and healthcare organisations that provide offerings of nurses, doctors and pharmacists. These organisations have a high rate of sickness absence and staff turnover, which affects both patients and customers, says Hai Thanh Nguyen, CEO of SynPlan. 

With an ever-growing demand for healthcare professionals and an ageing population, efficiency and good planning are essential to meet challenges. Having combined expertise in the field of AI and healthcare, SynPlan wants to empower healthcare organisations with more innovative and more efficient tools in their workforce planning process. Their goal is to provide support for a tedious and time-consuming task that ultimately will benefit the humans behind the work and those receiving the services.

The SynPlan solution is developed by the company Vnnor AS in cooperation with the Norwegian municipality of Trondheim. SynPlan helps companies, organisations, and individuals build products and develop services using the most advanced AI & ML technologies. The team consists of longtime experienced individuals from both industry and academics, and the former Norwegian Minister of Health, Werner Christie (MD), is a member of the board.

SynPlan at HIMSS

SynPlan is a member of the HealthTech Nordic network and is selected to present at their pavilion 410 at the HIMSS conference in Helsinki on 15-16 June, and in conference room 206, 16 June, 10.30-11.30 am.

Contact: Binh Le, SynPlan: binh.le@synplan.ai 

Smart pill tracker reduces missed doses by over 80%

Publicerad: 16 juni, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 50 percent of patients miss taking their medicine. Among many reasons, forgetting is the biggest one. And the consequences can be serious: unplanned pregnancies, heart failure, psoriasis outbreaks, respiratory difficulties are some. Popit’s smart medication tracking solution provides an 81 percent reduction in number of missed medications and enables a 40 percent shorter med-taking time window. This increased adherence and engagement results in improved patient care and better treatment outcomes. Simply put: better health for the patients and money saved for the society. 

– This is not only a solution for the patient. For the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals Popit offers a channel to access the patient, as well as to optimize the outcome of the treatment, which is crucial to be able to measure and claim the real effect, says Teemu Piirainen, CEO at Popit.  

Popit Sense is a small, connected device, designed together with healthcare professionals. The device is clipped on to the pill sheet and it uses patented sensor technology to monitor when pills are taken. Medication use is then automatically recorded in the free Popit app, where the patient can follow the adherence. She can also send the dosing data to her healthcare professional. The Popit app sends a reminder only if the patient has missed a pill, so there are no needless reminders. In addition to getting pill consumption data the patient can log pills manually and see the time until next dose. The medication consumption data can be used for research through Popit Cloud.

– Popit can really help improve treatment outcomes, not only by reminding of the daily doses but also by increasing the awareness of when missed doses occur, says Teemu Piirainen CEO at Popit.

A study showed an increased adherence to birth control pills when using Popit’s solution: Without the alert system, 46% (11 women) forgot to take one or more pills during the first one-month period. When the on-demand reminder system was turned on during the second month, 8% (2 women) forgot one or more pills. 

Popit Sense has a battery life of up to 12 months and a Bluetooth range of up to 30m/100ft. It is a clinically validated, stable solution with unique and patented technology. Popit is CE certified, registered with the FDA and in the process of registering the solution in Australia. The company processes have been audited by some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Popit has won several innovation awards internationally and has been working with several major international pharmaceutical companies to improve adherence for their medication brands.

Popit at HIMSS

As a member of the HealthTechNordic network at the HIMSS conference in Helsinki Popit will present in pavilion 410 and in conference room 207, 15 June 1.30-2.30 pm.

Contact: Timo Heikkilä, COO & Founder, Popit timo@popit.io +358 50 487 3728

KAMU Health – Digital control and therapeutics for respiratory care.

Publicerad: 15 juni, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

With good care, most asthmatics can lead a secure and balanced life. The secret lies in consistent guided self-care: monitoring the lungs regularly and taking your treatment medication as agreed with your doctor. It takes effort but doesn’t have to be difficult.

KAMU is designed to make asthma management as easy and effortless as possible – to help maximize the number of symptom-free days.

Combining years of medical, technology and business expertise and experience, KAMU’s team has put together a high-quality, CE-marked service that helps the asthma patients monitor their lung condition and collaborate better with their healthcare professionals.

With a connected, hospital-grade spirometer the patient tests their lung function at home. With a single exhale, they get FEV1, FEV1/FEV6, FVC and PEF values. The spirometry results are saved in KAMU Spiro’s memory until uploaded to the KAMU Asthma app, where the patient can view them any time and track the symptoms, triggers and use of medication with a quick questionnaire. By keeping an eye on the trends, the patient can even learn to predict changes and act, for example adjust the medication dosage, before symptoms occur.

– In fact, we’ve taken this a step further and provide a relevant, local weather and air quality forecast, so that the patient can prepare for the day or maybe try to avoid areas with the most triggering conditions, and follow their personal exposure to pollutants in the air, says KAMU Health CPO Seppo Salorinne.

Once in contact with the healthcare, the asthmatic can easily download reports from the KAMU app and share them with their doctor or nurse.

Chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD are becoming increasingly more common and costly for employers and the healthcare systems. Asthma alone causes the loss of over 5 billion disability-adjusted life years (DALY) in the EU every year, according to WHO.

Founded in 2017, KAMU was built on the thought that patients living with asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions deserve an equal opportunity for digital therapeutics and remote care as patients with other chronic conditions. KAMU Cloud offers a ready-to-use user interface for professionals and deployment can start in minutes. Advanced API is available for large scale rollouts, including built-in access control authentication methods enabling single sign-on for healthcare users utilizing existing credentials. Integration is also possible through the FHIR Smart API for EHR systems. Fully HIPAA and GDPR compliant, CE-marked Medical Device as per European Medical Devices directive. No integration is mandatory as users can also share data in PDF format with their care personnel. Research on respiratory illness and treatment adherence could be valuable for approval of new medicines.

KAMU Health at HIMSS

KAMU Health is a member of the HealthTech Nordic network and is selected to present at their pavilion 410 at the HIMSS conference in Helsinki 14-16 June. You can also meet them 15 June 1.30-2.30 pm in conference room 207.

Contact:  Seppo Salorinne CPO, seppo@kamuhealth.com

Doctrin redefines care pathways with digital consultation platform

Publicerad: 15 juni, 2022 av Elida Cimic |

Doctrin offers a telemedicine platform for healthcare providers. The company was the first of its kind in Sweden. Today, their solution has helped more than 4 000 000 patients seek healthcare in more than 300 clinics in four markets.

The Doctrin platform offers dynamic medical questionnaires for the patients to fill out; questionnaires that are automatically translated into a comprehensive medical report for the healthcare provider, enabling fast and accurate medical decisions and documentation. The platform is easy to implement and use, regardless of previous digital experience – a success factor in the sometimes stressful work environment that healthcare can be.  

Digital healthcare improves not only the access to healthcare but also the continuity of care. By implementing the Doctrin platform at one of Stockholm’s largest healthcare units, 49 percent more patients got to see their own doctor in at least half of the consultations. The share of patients who got a same-day call back increased from 73 to 97 percent (Sweden has a goal of 100 percent same-day call back). The productivity increased: 33 percent more patients were helped per worked clinical hour. 

– In 2021, we launched Doctrin Network, a solution that enables advanced collaboration between healthcare units, says Anna-Karin Edstedt Bonamy, M.D and CEO of Doctrin.

– This enables a seamless patient journey where patients are guided within, and have access to, the healthcare provider’s entire eco-system, without geographical limitations, says Anna-Karin Edstedt Bonamy, M.D and CEO of Doctrin. 

Together with large European healthcare providers, Doctrin works to intelligently digitalise for a seamless and integrated patient journey, to the benefit of patients, clinicians, and healthcare providers. The company is active in Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom. 

Doctrin at HIMSS

Doctrin is a member of the HealthTech Nordic network and is selected to present at their pavilion 410 at the HIMSS conference in Helsinki 14-16 June. You can also meet them 16 June, 10.30-11.30 am in conference room 206

Contact: Johanna Ahlberg, johanna.ahlberg@doctrin.se, Tel +46 725 399 751