TTÜ hosted an international Health Data Analytics Seminar
Last week TTÜ hosted an international Health Data Analytics Seminar. As there is no doubt that health data analytics is the future, the seminar concentrated on the question “where are we today?” There are many challenges in integrating personal health and wellbeing data to the existing healthcare environment and connecting decision support and analytical tools. Even though “the future” seems to be tangible the answer is not about trying to make a big jump forward rather it is about starting walking towards it together.
Professor Peeter Ross welcoming participants
The seminar was part of a “Development and piloting of health analytics education program” project, which is funded by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. During the project, three universities from Estiona and Findland will pilot a common health analytics curriculum. Participating universities are:
During the seminar different stakeholders shared their view: the funder, participating universities, piloting students, decision support providers and doctors.
It was also the first time where a new personalised medicine project EstPerMed I was introduced to wider audience. In addition to live presentations, a very thorough video introduction to Duodecim Evidence-Based Medicine electronic Decision Support (EBMeDS) system was shown to the audience.
Just as important as the speakers were the participants. The background of participants was very wide, the seminar had visitors from Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Board, Estonians Health Insurance Fund, hospitals, GP’s offices, National Institute of Health Development, other universities and research institutions, IT-companies and health care technology start-up’s.
The feedback to the seminar and health data analytics overall has been very positive. The project results will be available after the projects end in December 2018. Currently there are four identified possibilities how health data analytics could evolve in TTÜ. The minimal would be to have a new module in an existing subject in Health Care Technology master’s program. The boldest would be to have a completely new one year long master’s program.