The My Data - My Work seminar, held on 14 November at the Tikkurila campus, saw the presentation of the results of the Dediwe project.
Dediwe is a multidisciplinary project funded by Central Baltic and involving two Finnish partner schools: Laurea University of Applied Sciences and Arcada University of Applied Sciences. Also participating are Tartu Health Care College in Estonia and the Red Cross Medical College of Riga Stradins University in Latvia. Regional partners in the project have included the City of Helsinki, Helsinki And Uusimaa Hospital District, Lohja Hospital District, East Tallinn Hospital and the Latvian State Emergency Medical Service.
The DD project has produced a new 30-credit-point curriculum called "Developer Of Digital Health And Welfare Services" which provides future professionals with skills for developing online health services. The curriculum includes three 5-credit-point units: The Citizens as Customers of Digital Health and Welfare Services, The Digital Environment in Health and Welfare Services and its Ethics and Regulations, and Digital Service Development and Information Management in Health and Welfare Services.
It is important to get information about the operation of future social welfare and health care services in the digital environment
The curriculum was developed through multidisciplinary cooperation in Spring 2015 and it was piloted in 2016 and 2017 in all the participating schools. Involved in the pilot project were a total of 82 students from the different partner schools. The majority of these students were studying social services and health care, but some business management and business information technology students also participated. The teaching was carried out as a virtual training using Arcada's "It's Learning" learning environment and included open webinars.
During the training, it was noted that the development of digital learning environments is important for increasing communication between students. Last spring, work began on using Slack to build a chat-based interactive learning environment, which all partnering schools have then been testing out during the autumn. It has been shown to increase interaction between teachers and students.
Students on the training were ready for working in multidisciplinary groups. Students felt that the training gave them extra information and understanding in areas such as customer-orientated digital social welfare and health care services. In addition, they have received information on different applications, ethical issues and service design. Students felt it was particularly important to receive more understanding in the future about how future social welfare and health care services will function in the digital world. In particular, students would like increased competency in digital service marketing.
Teemu Arina: Optimising welfare and health through science
The main speaker at the event was Teemu Arina, a well-known digital expert, serial technology entrepreneur, science writer and biohacker. He has specialised in particular in key questions relating to e-commerce, social media, interaction between humans and machines, online learning and digital health.
In his talk, Mr Arina spoke about optimising performance welfare and health through the use of science, technology and a deep understanding of human nutrition. He spoke of how it is possible to monitor and improve one's own performance using technology. Through the use of different devices and applications, it is possible to measure human bodily functions such as sleeping, exercise, blood values, productivity and mood. One can monitor things such as sleep quality and the effect that exercise has on this, or alternatively one can map out a person's genetic heritage and consider whether this shows up in susceptibility to a certain disease which could then be prevented through a change in lifestyle.
Mr Arina spoke of how the healthcare of the future will be based more and more on information about people's behaviour, environment and lifestyle. He highlighted also the future use of nursing robots in hospitals.
"When we think of technology, we often think of it as an entirely separate device or application, whereas in reality the technology we use is part of us. Technology can do nothing without our involvement", he remarked.
"Technology itself is not the issue, but rather the way we make use of it", he added.
To read more articles about the DeDiWe project, click the following link: http://rdi.arcada.fi/dediwe/en/publications/ .