- Health campus Turku develops the province's health ecosystem with the Academy of Finland's partnership network funding
- The aim is to solve e.g. challenges related to the mobility of children and young people and health data
- Terveyskampus Turku also strengthens the evaluation and development of research, development and testing services offered to companies and other partners
The Turku Health Campus has begun significant development work to strengthen the health sector ecosystem in Southwest Finland. The HCT2.0 project on the health campus develops the network's capacity to respond to broad societal challenges, such as reduced physical activity for children and young people, and the security and utilization of health data. The development work is made possible by the RDI partnership network funding of the Academy of Finland received at the end of last year.
Funding from the Academy of Finland supports research-based partnership networks in which universities and government research institutes network with the business community to strengthen the social impact of high-quality research.
- There is a huge potential for top-level expertise on the health campus, but in practice more resources are often needed to strengthen cooperation. The HCT2.0 project provides us with a great framework for building wider cooperation and developing service offerings around current and important themes, says Pekka Hänninen, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Turku, Chairman of the Health Campus and Responsible Director of the HCT2.0 Project.
One current societal challenge is the decline in physical activity for children and adolescents, the consequences of which are of particular concern due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. The HCT2.0 project will create a model for a multidisciplinary center of excellence for children's and young people's sports and bring together expertise from different fields to promote mobility and well-being. An extensive co-operation network will be built around the new center of expertise, consisting of university research and teaching staff, public sector experts in the fields of sports, health and education, actors in sports clubs and organizations, and companies in various fields.
Attention to health data security
Another important area for development is the security of health data and better utilization of information. The project develops the possibilities of utilizing health data as well as services related to the analysis and interpretation of complex data.
The HCT2.0 project will be implemented in 2020–2022 in cooperation with the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Yrkeshögskolan NOVIA. Project funding also enables the internal development of the network and the strengthening of cooperation.
- The goal of the HCT2.0 project is literally to build the 2.0 version of the Health Campus, ie an even better Health Campus. For example, we invest in the evaluation and development of research, development and testing services offered to companies and other partners, says Mira Lehti, coordinator of the Health Campus.
The Turku Health Campus forms Finland's largest multidisciplinary center of expertise in medicine, social and health care and technology, offering unique opportunities for educational and research activities, innovations and business cooperation. The Health Campus Turku co-operation involves the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Yrkeshögskolan Novia and Turku Science Park Oy.