Tampere3 brings together local researchers in various health-related areas. The second Health@Tampere3 seminar held at the end of March was another opportunity for networking and planning new research openings.
Health@Tampere3 is a series of afternoon seminars which bring together researchers in various health-related areas and underline the city of Tampere as a hub of precision medicine. Health@Tampere3 had already convened around Active and healthy ageing. The theme of the second seminar was Health monitoring and personalized care.
The concepts of personalized care were introduced by the chair of the seminar, Professor Jari Hyttinen from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at Tampere University of Technology. Hyttinen explained that the old paradigm “one size fits all” is now being replaced with a tailored set of diagnostics, care, rehabilitation and health promotion services. The future of precision medicine requires more accurate behavioral data.
As case studies, Childhood asthma evaluation and Coronary artery disease were proposed by Jari Viik from TUT’s department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, whose study area covers physiological measurements for monitoring and personalized care. With asthma being the most common chronic disease among children, a need for objective measurements based on research could provide a better diagnosis from an early age. Clinical studies on a new research prototype are being conducted in Helsinki University Central Hospital and Tampere University Hospital among school children, preschoolers and infants. There is a probability the research prototype would also benefit adult testing.
Another topic in the seminar covered the importance of a 24/7 interactive monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behavior. According to several speakers, this could lead to an effective means for public health promotion, personalized and holistic health and wellbeing coaching service using remote tools, prevention opportunity via behavioral change and benefits of self-monitoring.
A very interesting and still sensitive issue nowadays is the user perspective to telepresence care technology. Lina Van Aerschot, Post-doc Researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere discussed a case of care robot, pros and cons and the future of care homes. Although telepresence technology is incredibly promising, accessible and easy to use, robots are not meant to replace but to assist human carers.
TAMK’s President Markku Lahtinen who opened the seminar expressed his excitement on the cooperation between the research departments of the three universities, and with public institutions and companies that share the Smart City view and strategy. An abundance of ideas and viable solutions defined the seminar and kept the tone even during the networking café, where representatives of companies like Movendos, VTT and PulseOn connected with researchers from all three universities.
The next Health@Tampere3 seminar is going to be dedicated to cancer research and welcomes more researchers, companies and organisations within the health sector.
Text and photo: Andruta Ilie