Transforming the Healthcare Experience

Effective Healthcare with Better User Experience.
November 2018.

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Clinical Experience and Medical Devices

How do university hospitals use clinical experience in product development and business collaborations?

Service Design and Patient Experience

How are services designed to take patients and their families into account?

From Physical to Digital Experience

How does the physical and digital environment affect treatment?

Jyrki Nieminen

Director of R&D at Merivaara Corp.

Innovator of new solutions and technical opportunities. Experienced Director Of Technology with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), especially Medical Devices and their marketing. With strong business knowhow together with highly innovative mindset Jyrki has created new concepts, product lines and internationally award-winning products.

Visa Sippola

is the CEO and Co-Founder of Surgify and responsible for making our product meet the customer needs. Before initiating this project, he was working as a researcher at Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District.

Prashant Jha

Dr. Prashant Jha is a physician-engineer-entrepreneur-editor, who trained in family medicine, bioengineering, product design, computer science, strategy and innovation management from Patna Medical College, St. Guys & Thomas Hospital, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi, Stanford University and Harvard University.

Nicolas Von Flittner

Nicolas is an industrial designer, who lends his extensive product design expertise to M4ID’s design and creative projects. Nico and his team builds on M4ID’s design research and contexual knowledge when concepting, prototyping, testing and building products and physical services that aim to improve the quality of health care and products in low resource communities.

Saara Hassinen

Saara Hassinen is the Managing Director of Healthtech Finland which is the industry association for health technology companies in Finland. The healthtech industry is one of the largest high-tech export segments of Finnish industry. In 2016 the value of exports was €2.1 billion. The industry directly employs over 10,000 people.



Otaniementie 9: Aalto Learning Centre, Winner of the Finlandia Prize for Architecture.

Picture: Aalto-yliopisto/Tuomas Uusheimo


08.00-9.30. Registration and coffee  
09.30. Welcome to Health Design 2017: Otto Olavinen & Risto Ilmoniemi  

09.40. Designing health technology for patients and customers. Saara Hassinen, Jyrki Nieminen, Sami Niemelä

10.45-11.00 Coffeebreak in Expo space  

11.00. Design that addresses global health needs. Prashant Jha, Zeynep Falay von Flittner

12.00-13.00 Lunch break + Networking  

13.00. Hospital spaces that improve patient life. Pekka Lahdenne, Sakari Forsman

14.00. Coffee break in Expo space  

14.15 Service design and digital health services. Visa Honkanen, Emil Virkki.

15.15 Coffee break in Expo space  

15.30 Markku Mäkijärvi Instrumetarium Science Foundation & Finals of the competition  

16.15 Anne Pitkäranta: Design for the Caretakers (Health and aesthetics)  

16.45 Expo + Cocktails and networking
17.30 Health Design Award Gala + prices for 1-3rd place winners.

20.00 Closing doors


Pitching competition for research teams for innovative healthcare design.    

Semifinals on the 28th of November. Finals on the 29th of November at Health Design 2017
Prizes: 50 000  € for implementing the  solution

Even if the team doesn’t win, they have a chance to get valuable feedback from the Health Design jury. Teams also have an opportunity to form new partnerships.

Competition partner: Instrumentariumin Tiedesäätiö sr



Pitching competition for an innovative healthcare solution

Do you want to improve patient life and Well-being? Do you have a research based idea for novel health product/service that you would like to commercialise?

Health Design Pitching Competition is open for teams from Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences.

The number of finalists is not fixed. The language of the competition is English. Participants will be Pre-selected by a Health Design Jury based on their applications.

The competition is organized during 28th and 29th of November.

Pitches will be 5 min in length.

Semifinal: 28th from 17:00-19:00 at Aalto Learning Centre, Makers space
Final and Award ceremony: 29th between 15:30-18:00 at Health Design 2017 (Makers space)

Total funding is 50 000 € for implementing the solutions
First place is 30 000 €

Even if the team doesn’t win, they have a chance to get valuable feedback from the Health Design jury. Teams also have an opportunity to form new partnerships and learn about how design can help them to succeed.

The competition is organized by Health Design and sponsored by Instrumentariumin tiedesäätiö sr. The goal of the competition is to promote the future of research based health innovations in Finland.


Research-based: The idea should be based on academic research. 

Impact: What is the effect you hope to achieve by turning research into a solution?

Need focused: Does your solution solve a local or global health need?

Novel: Do you have an original idea or an new approach to existing problem?

Plan and timing: What are the steps and schedule to bring your idea into reality?

Quality of team and circumstances: Why are you and your working environment uniquely qualified to make the impact a reality?

Saara Hassinen, Healthtech Finland
Risto Ilmoniemi, Instrumentariumin tiedesäätiö sr
Prashant Jha, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi
Jyrki Nieminen, Merivaara
Kenneth Salonius, Vertical 
Joonas Koski, Valuemotive

Deadline for applications 23.11.2017

General grant terms:

You can find contact details on Partners page under Northbay

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Northbay is a company that builds ideas. A Creative agency that Directs, Designs and Develops. By specializing on research and technology intensive clients, we look to make an impact in a local and global landscape.

Healthtech Finland is is an industry association and part of Technology Industries of Finland. Healthtech Finland is also a community: we foster our industry’s growth and collective knowledge.

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.

HUS - The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa - is a Joint Authority formed by 24 municipalities. The aim is to offer patients in all member municipalities a timely and equal access to specialized medical care.