Title: Finnish perspectives of wireless in healthcare

Authors: Esko Alasaarela

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, Oulu 90014, Finland

Abstract: Wireless solutions are a good choice for healthcare development in Finland. A survey of 135 experts in Finland show that (1) the competences needed for developing wireless solutions exist (2) the Finnish healthcare system is integrated enough and (3) the technology industry in this area is too weak for global marketing. The following recommendations can be concluded: (1) Cooperate internationally (2) Develop integrated solutions and health managing concepts for the important health problems (such as diabetes), (3) Harness the healthcare system to act as a test bed for new solutions and (4) Help companies to grow and take global roles.

Keywords: wireless healthcare; mobile healthcare; Finland; wireless solutions; healthcare systems; national testbed; integrated solutions; health managing concepts; electronic healthcare; e-health; m-health.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2009.029224

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2009 Vol.5 No.2, pp.177 - 192

Available online: 10 Nov 2009 *

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