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The Virtual Hospital initiative created Health Village

The Virtual Hospital 2.0 (Virtuaalisairaala 2.0 ) was establised to create client-oriented digital healthcare services. It has produced digital healthcare services to generel public, patients and professionals. The initial project ran from 2016 to 2018 but the work is ongoing.

The different areas of the project were:


Participants and financing

The project was a joint project between the university hospitals in Finland. Their population responsibility and catchment area covers all Finns. The participants in the project include

In the Virtuaalisairaala 2.0 project, primary healthcare in the regions, the hospital districts, the catchment areas for highly specialised medical care and the hospital areas, research institutes, the private sector, and patients and patient organisations work in cooperation.

The project was granted funding by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The total of €12 million consisted of €6 million from the Government Programme and another €6 million that is funded by the university hospital districts themselves.

Health Village services make healthcare services available to all Finns regardless of their place of residence and income level, thus improving the equality of citizens. Digital services are especially well suited for monitoring the quality of life, symptoms and lifestyle, and also for living with a long-term illness before and during treatment and in the monitoring stage of the treatment. The services complement the traditional treatment pathways.

Living with a long-term illness can be supported with the help of virtual services, and patients provided with support for self-monitoring. The importance of anticipatory care will also increase and the possibilities for people to maintain their well-being will improve substantially. In addition, digital health services harmonize and develop care processes. At the same time, they make the work in the healthcare sector smoother and more diverse.