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KuopioHealth Open Innovation Ecosystem joining Upgraded Life Festival

May 15 Industry KuopioHealth
Kuopio Health
Open Innovation Ecosystem

Kuopio Health is a network of healthcare professionals committed to advancing health technology expertise, research, business life and awareness of the area. Kuopio Health promotes development, research and innovation based on customer needs and serves as a platform for new products and services.

Kuopio Health is an open innovation platform enabling co-creation and transfer of knowledge and technologies for the benefit of society. It offers excellent health technology competence, training, infrastructure and a business network for domestic and international health technology companies and innovators.


Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) Living Lab

Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) is one of the five university hospitals in Finland. From 2016, the KUH Living Lab has provided an authentic testing and research environment for companies in the most appropriate departments and outpatient clinics in the University Hospital. The companies involved range from small start-ups to large corporations. Our services include product and IT innovation and testing, help with documentation for regulatory processes, research collaboration and clinical trials.


Kuopio Living Lab – City of Kuopio

The City of Kuopio has Living Lab services that companies developing future healthcare solutions can use to test and improve their products and services in an authentic healthcare environment. The Living Lab environment is for primary health care services and is specialised in geriatric and home care. Through the Living Lab, companies receive information about the usability of their solutions, while healthcare providers get information about the benefits of the latest solutions and their cost-effectiveness.

Kuopio and KUH Living Labs are currently a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Regional Council of Northern Savo. The Living Labs work in close collaboration with the Savonia UAS/Health Lab and University of Eastern Finland.


Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Kuopio HealthLab

Savonia University of Applied Sciences has two main tasks: education & training and R&D and innovation (RDI). Savonia has a focus area of applied health technology. They are responding to the need for reform of the social and healthcare sector and increased efficiency and quality of social and healthcare services. This will be achieved through the promotion of the development and commercialisation of technological applications, improving professionals skills for e-services, and applied research into the digitalisation of social and healthcare services.

Savonia has expertise in applying health technologies, gamification, computational intelligence, ICT solutions and Big Data to develop new information services, and in evaluating health and wellness technologies designed to improve quality of life. Kuopio Health Lab provides patient/customer group-specific usability testing and evaluation of new service or product ideas as well as service design combining digital and traditional healthcare services.


Why KuopioHealth is joining Upgraded Life Festival

We want to be part of the Upgraded Life Festival in order to gain visibility and increase awareness of us. This event enables meaningful networking among other national operators and companies. In particular, startups will become aware of Kuopio region´s innovation ecosystem, organizations, their services and regional opportunities.


Arto Holopainen

Senior Digital Advisor

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