Nordic Test Beds final seminar took place as part of Health DemoDate in Oulu 18 April. The event was build around the theme of future hospitals. During the morning session, the participants listened to the latest highlights from leading Finnish healthcare providers: Oulu University Hospital, South Karelia Social & Health Care District, Kuopio Health, Health Campus Turku, Central Finland Health Care District and Pihlajalinna. The afternoon program concentrated on test beds and their contribution to future hospitals.
“In Oulu we are investing 500 million euros for new future hospital. In addition to new facilities, we need to implement new technologies and functions or ways of working”, Timo Alalääkkölä, Manager of OYS TestLab said in his opening speech of the Nordic Test Beds seminar. “Test beds where hospital premises are replicated offer important possibilities for testing the functions and technology.”
As test beds often work independently and are quite unique in their own environment, the fruitful collaboration between them took shape through sharing experiences, challenges and benefits. Anna Attefall, Project Manager at Innovation Akademiska has been involved in collecting experiences from companies, hospital personnel and project partners, and presented these in the seminar. “For example, for many companies the testing process was the first time they met end users in a real environment, which gave them a lot of insights into how to design a truly useful test. Hospital personnel, on the other hand, found it useful that they had an opportunity to express needs, opinions of necessary product features and functionality”, Attefall said. The evaluated benefits of cooperation between Nordic health care test beds are described in detail on NoTeB Benefits report.
Fred Kjellson, Innovation Manager at Innovation Skåne has years of experience in health care idea and product testing and has been involved in creating the guidelines for testing in Nordic Test Beds project. “During the test journey it is important adequately to concentrate to dialogue so that common understanding about the product, its stage and how to test it are achieved. In addition, contracts, planning of testing and implementation as well as reporting of testing need to be planned carefully. Often it is important to include ethical considerations too”, Kjellson said. Guidelines for testing created in Nordic Test Beds project will be published soon, and can be then found from project website.
Even though cases that end up for testing in health care test beds have been estimated as potentially benefit innovations already before testing, it is often not clear what are the total values of these innovations. This may prevent their implementation. “That is why measuring the innovation gains is important”, Nils-Otto Ørjasæter explained. He works as a professor at Norwegian Business School and senior advisor at Oslo University Hospital. Ørjasæter presented an example from Norway: When wound team was established to offer service where nurses went to take care of the chronic wound patients in their home (instead of patients coming to hospital) that increased the hospital costs, but the total costs for society were decreased. Health Innovation Assessment Tool developed by Oslo University Hospital offers practical tools on how and when to measure innovation. More information on the tool can be asked by sending an email to c3(at)ous-hf.no.
The Nordic Test Beds project partners have found their network useful, and collaboration is continuing. Project partners are currently planning further activities, of which one potential collaboration area might include development of common practices to analyse hospital needs that are common in Nordic university hospitals.
NoTeB Benefits report – Evaluated benefits of cooperation between Nordic test beds within health care
Future Hospital OYS 2030 – Timo Alalääkkölä
Benefits of test bed activities – Anna Attefall
From ideas to products, Test cases – Jørn Kristiansen
Guidelines for testing – Fred Kjellson
Health Innovation Assessment Tool – Nils-Otto Ørjasæter
Nordic cooperation – Nordic proof and tests beds in the future – Bent-Håkon Lauritzen
Experiences from the NoTeB testing process – Mikko Savola, Monidor
Test bed as a platform for innovation – Hanna Nikkilä
NoTeB, Nordic Test Beds -Kalevi Virta