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News 12.05.2022

Finnish Pavilion program highlights digital health at HIMSS22 Europe in Helsinki in June

HIMSS22 Europe

Finland welcomes Europe’s healthcare leaders to HIMSS22 European Health Conference & Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland, on 14-16 June. The Finnish Pavilion hosts a stage program that allows Finnish innovations and knowhow on digital health and health data to shine by sharing inspiring stories.

HIMSS22 Europe, Europe’s most influential event for digital health is a joint effort between HIMSS and Finnish partners. The event brings together experts in healthcare, health tech innovations and pioneers around the globe to Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre (Messukeskus) to learn and connect over the extensive program with over 120 expert sessions.

Finland’s input in the event exceeds expectations, as a combination of public and private organizations from Finland have joined forces to bring forward Finnish know-how on digital health and health data as well as agetech and active aging. Business Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and the City of Helsinki are the main partners. In addition, several ministries, organisations and cities are supporting the event. Finland is famous for innovative startup scene, and this is true also to Finland Pavilion, where health startups can showcase their innovations.

Data is key in unlocking healthcare effectiveness

The Finnish Pavilion exhibition area, with its dozens of companies stands, is a showcase of Finnish expertise in digital health for the international audience.

The Finnish Pavilion stage program runs nonstop throughout the conference and centers around four major themes. The most significant one is health data and how that data can reshape clinical practices.

One of the speakers in the health data theme, Dr. Antti Iivanainen, Development Director, Oy Apotti Ab, says: “To care for the individual, we must care for the population. The nut to crack is how we manage systemic effectiveness or ineffectiveness. It is a common misunderstanding that this is a question of money but even more than that, it is about the data: the availability, quality and interoperability of data.”

On stage with Dr. Iivanainen are Finnish companies like Reaktor, BeeHealthy, Terveystalo, BCB Medical, Predicell and Duodecim, sharing their examples of applying health data to solve real-life problems.

Active ageing and the world’s smartest hospitals – cases from Finland

In addition to health data and its applications, the Finnish Pavilion program sheds a light on active and healthy ageing and tools to promote it as well as on how the world’s smartest hospitals are built and made pandemic-safe in the future as well. The AgeTech theme is widely presented at the Business Finland’s booth within Finland Pavilion, where subject matter experts can be met throughout the conference.

“Finland is globally acknowledged, a truly innovative location for co-development of AgeTech solutions, such as digitally assisted technologies, products and services that are designed to improve the lives or care of the ageing population. These innovations have possibility to change the elderly care and help people to stay home longer in the future”, says Kari Klossner, Head of Smart Life Finland Program at Business Finland.

Business Finland organizes a HIMSS22 side event “Finland as an innovative location for AgeTech co-development” June 14, 2022. event is open for both HIMSS22 Europe participants and those not taking part in the congress. More information and registration.

City of Helsinki organizes a site visit to Kalasatama Health and Well-being Centre in the afternoon June 14, 2022. This centre provides integrated health care and social services tailored to the service-needs of the client. The centre has a new space solution and ongoing service development with an emphasis to shift towards digital services. More information and registration.

Finnish Pavilion stage program

Wednesday 15 June

10:30-15:00 How data-based innovations reshape healthcare
Keynote by Dr. Visa Honkanen, Development Director, HUS Helsinki University Hospital


  • Value-based healthcare in practice in Finland. Cases and examples by the City of Helsinki and University of Eastern Finland, together with BCB Medical and Monidor.
  • Managing information overload for doctors while increasing patient value. Johannes Ahlqvist, Specialist, Heath Data at Sitra interviews Dr. Elina Pimiä and Dr. Rasmus Latvala
  • From patient to customer: electronic health records helping to bridge the gap. Dr. Antti Iivanainen, Development Director at Apotti and Mikael Rinnetmäki, Founder, Sensotrend.
  • Developing digital health services in the private sector – takeaways for the public sector. Cases from Reaktor, BeeHealthy and Terveystalo.

15:00-16:30 How to support active and healthy ageing

  • Speakers: From the city of Helsinki and Heidi Anttila, KATI program lead, Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Panel discussion with Ainone, Medanets and Navigil, moderated by Saara Hassinen, CEO at Healthtech Finland.

Thursday 16 June

10:00-11:00 Pandemic safe indoor solutions – presenting the E3 project and ecosystem

11:30-13:00 Building the smartest hospitals in the world.
Hear the stories behind the newest and smartest Finnish hospitals in Oulu, Turku and Helsinki. Featuring Dr. Leena Setälä and Dr. Matti Lahdenne

13:00-14:30 Leading a healthy life amidst pandemics.
A panel discussion with university researchers and companies with products to boost the immune system of the individuals.

The full Finnish Pavilion program will be published at HIMSS22 event pages

HIMSS22 Europe program and registration (advance rates apply until 30 May) 

Business Finland’s HIMSS22 Europe site: HIMSS 2022 - Business Finland

Contact information:

Kari Klossner, Head of Smart Life, Business Finland
kari.klossner (at), tel. +358 40 071 7298