Digital health experts will gather in Kuopio

 Telehealth, artificial intelligence and datapools are part of future digital social and healthcare services. National and international experiences on these and many other digital health topics will be discussed at the two-day eHealth2019 conference 2nd to 3rd of April 2019. Conference will take place at the Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) as a part of the KUH’s 60th anniversary celebration.

Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) is strongly developing tertiary care medical center. Its activities are based on high quality, effectiveness and skilled specialists promoting the best for the patients. KUH was established in the late 50s and medical school started at Kuopio University by 1970s and this strengthened KUH´s position as one of the five University Hospitals in Finland. By gaining the University Hospital status KUH broadened the scope of health science research and at the moment there are almost 40 different medical specialties at KUH. Kuopio university hospital is known worldwide for example being a topclass epilepsy center and forerunner of gene therapy. Digitalisation is taking quantum leaps as a major part of comprehensive care processes.

Esko Vanninen, KUH´s executive vice president of research and innovations, welcomes to join the conference; ”KUH will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.  As a part of this jubilee year, KUH and Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth (FSTeH) have decided to organise an international conference on the vast possibilities of digitalisation and novel solutions in health care. I hope that the excellent program will attract a large number of experts and individuals interested in this field to Kuopio. See you at KUH!”


Over 40 lecturers around the world

Jointly with eHealth2019 Conference, FSTeH’s annual conference, the 24th Finnish National Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth is organized. eHealth2019 offers program for social and health care professionals as well as to service providers and researchers in eHealth area. “Practical examples and experiences are shared by more than 40 lecturers from Finland and abroad,” says Arto Holopainen, President of the FSTeH and Chief Innovation Officer of City of Kuopio.

The conference opening keynote is given by the industry’s top expert Lucien Engelen from the Netherlands on the conference main theme of data-driven health. Similarly, the closing keynote is given by artificial intelligence researcher, Professor Timo Honkela with a visionary lecture of enhanced health expertise through artificial intelligence.


Kuopio and Savilahti – innovative centre of science and business

Arto Holopainen is pleased with that the event is organized in his hometown of Kuopio. ”Kuopio and Savilahti as a center of excellence offer an excellent environment for organizing an international conference”.

Conference includes eight different site-visits offering unique possibility to get hands-on experiences in solutions for the better and effective healthcare. As an example site visit to Microsurgery Centre of Eastern Finland at Kuopio University Hospital offers knowledge to unique 24/7 open and permanent place where the surgeons and other operating room staff can regularly practice hands on training and different surgical techniques in an artificial environment.

Similarly, site visit to the City of Kuopio’s elder-friendly environment Mäntykampus, provides an insight into how urban services can serve as an innovation platform, Living Lab, for new customer-oriented products and services. “Mäntykampus has also been selected as a reference site for European partnership for active and healthy aging (EIP AHA),” says Holopainen.

eHealth2019 Conference is the main event for the Kuopio Health Week, from 29 March to 4 April 2019,  during which several interconnected health events will be organized. The conference brings together top experts, researchers, large and small companies, decision-makers from both the public and private sectors and, of course, start-ups and young future healthcare professionals – regionally, nationally and internationally.

 eHealth2019 conference early bird fee is available until 15.2.2019, register now to save 100€.

More information:

eHealth2019 – International Conference & the 24th Finnish National Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth, “Data-Driven Health”