Taltioni, an innovative system that provides electronic self-care services for the population of Finland, has launched its first services to the public. Taltioni is also a database that enables all Finns to store, access and share electronic information related to their health and well-being, which is accessible from different devices and user interfaces.
Established as a non-profit cooperative, Taltioni is a collaboration between health-care service providers, user organisations and ICT operators. According to Taltioni, its platform offers a business environment, an appstore of eHealth solutions, an innovation environment, proof of quality, a secured database, and a lifelong health account. Already 47 companies and organisations have joined the Taltioni cooperative, including major health care providers, ICT companies and non-governmental organisations.
Sharing information, promoting health
According to the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Taltioni ecosystem will create new electronic health and well-being services that will help shift the focus in health care from treating diseases to promoting health. For the wider society, this means controlling the increase in the overall cost of health care.
“Taltioni represents a new type of national concept: health and social care operators in the private, public and third sectors – as well as interested ICT companies – are organised to constitute an independent community. Together, they will set out to develop services for citizens,” says Antti Kivela, Executive Director of Sitra’s Municipal Programme.
Taltioni can empowers citizens at all the stages of health care from preventive care to after care, according to Tuomas Teuri, CEO of Taltioni. For example, by using the eHealth services available on Taltioni, people can take preventive action before poor health. Health care professionals can make use the wealth of background data stored in Taltioni, which also enables a smooth information flow between professionals and systems. Taltioni’s eHealth services also enable efficient and effective after treatment.
Many people’s health data is fragmented in different locations as paper copies, various exercise programmes and in the files of health care organisations. By opening a free personal health account in Taltioni and collecting data from different sources, an individual can get a more holistic view of his or her health. The data could include, for example, vaccination records, laboratory results, personal blood pressure measurements and nutrition and exercise information. According to Taltioni, the data stored on the account does not replace patient records from health professionals but rather supports and complements them.
“Taltioni’s objective is to make Finland a pioneer in the use of electronic services. It is globally a unique joint development effort from the public, private and third sector for promoting self-care services,” says Teuri.