Health and social integrity
Our aim is to improve health and wellbeing
Laurea has a long history of multidisciplinary user-driven approach to regional development. The aim of Laurea is to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and communities in different situations in life. Our research is carried out in co-production with both the public and private sectors, regionally, nationally and globally.
The emphasis is on eHealth, i.e. electronic health and well-being services. eHealth produces interactive, user-centred, ethical, cost-effective, sustainable solutions, operating models, processes and services
Holistic approach and Nordic welfare model
Nordic welfare model is based on well-functioning welfare system which consists of health care, social services and education. We apply holistic approach to human being and societal development. Essential elements here are participation, agency and empowerment of people and enterprises.
Empowerment, independency and user driven health and well-being services
A central phenomenon is user centricity and the research is based on empirical work with authentic user groups. This includes new eHealth technologies enabling empowerment of users for their continuous early diagnosis and preventive treatment. The research deals with the democratization of the health care systems in the society and activation of citizens to be empowered and initiative actors when it concerns their health and well-being in holistic sense. Benefits include
- promoting care and customer-driven services,
- increasing open, equality-promoting participation
- empowering citizens to self-care
- developing the assessment of care needs
- improving the effectiveness of care and services
- improving the mobility of patients and the availability of services and ensuring the continuity of care and services in different operating environments, e.g. between specialised medical care and basic health care or the public and private sector.
Promoting business of health and well-being
Business development is one of Laurea’s main research areas. This includes phenomena dealing with individual health and well-being services as well as macro development of the economy. Laurea has wide range of expertise in research and development of
- service innovation and design
- business models
- scenario building
- use cases
- business cases
- testing and piloting with authentic users,
- as well as using innovation platforms
Effectiveness, efficiency, PPPP (public private people partnership), new multi stakeholder and multi professional forms of collaboration, as well as ecosystems are essential parts of research related to cohesion and reform of economic and institutional structures of health and well-being services and industries.
Laurea as a Living Lab
Laurea has created the Learning by Developing (LbD) model as a tool for reaching its strategic goals and implementing them in practice at the Laurea Living Labs Network. Living labs are authentic environments that clients and users identify as their own, where innovation is utilized and accepted as part of one’s own life or as an element that reform one’s work. The Laurea Living Labs network, as an innovation ecosystem, is a continuously evolving and flexible network of stakeholder groups and social partners. The network integrates various actors from product development and everyday life situations into the development of societal innovations.
Contributions in European Projects
Our international Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) initiatives tackle major societal challenges such as ageing societies and societal security. Therefore, research challenges such as health technology, eHealth / empowerment, health business, ICT enhanced service development, smart cities, as smart specialization, inclusion or border control are at the core of our international RDI projects.
Laurea is experienced partner in national and international RDI projects including European research and innovation program funded projects.
Examples of Laurea’s projects
Integrating Design for All in Living Labs (IDeALL)
IDeALL is one of six projects launched under the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and IDeALL aims at fostering interactions between academics, designers and the business sectors across Europe, and, integrating design disciplines into Living Lab’s approaches, creating a common language and building a joint vision on user-centered innovation.
Service Innovation through Strategic Stakeholder Integration (SISSI)
The SISSI project develops models enabling effective participatory stakeholder integration for the purpose of enhancing knowledge and innovative practices adaptable for Finnish companies. The project focuses on practices, tools, methods, and out-of-the box-thinking for the benefit of Finnish companies.
Developed the Suurpelto area (for approximately 15000 inhabitants) as a Living Lab in which teachers, students, and various actors in the area interactively, together with the users, develop and experiment services and products that suit specific lifestyles and situations.
Addressing the perceived orientation and navigation challenges and special needs that older persons (having mild to moderate problems with moving around) experience throughout the whole chain of travel using public transportation (AAL).
Express to Connect
Develops, tests and deploys a web-based service which stimulates and facilitates personal storytelling. It also enables interest-based connections and communications among elderly people, hereby empowering them and enriching their lives.
GUARANTEE (Guardian Angel for the Extended Home Environment)
Provides a technical solution for personal safety in the home environment. GUARANTEE introduces local and network-supported decision making for safety applications on the basis of sensor input and with immediate response and feedback to the people concerned.
E-Learning Environment for Fair Trade Entrepreneurs (EFTE)
The project develops an e-learning platform and aims to provide EU and national VET systems with an integrated learning path to train fair trade operators (as social entrepreneurs) in a multi-stakeholders environment and create awareness on Local Social and Solidarity Economy at all levels, as a potential space.
Develops a new service model based on virtual technologies which would benefit the elderly people, their relatives, municipalities, health- and social care professionals in the archipelago areas of Finland, Åland and Estonia.
Arts for Empowerment
Improves the Service Design Skills between Arts, Social and Health Care. The project focuses on improving the quality of life of people suffering from Alzheimer disease or related diseases and their next of kin by the aid of new technology, music and communication.
Joining Innovative Approaches for the Integration and Development of Transnational Knowledge Clusters Policies related to Independent living of Elderly.
The project investigates, develops, produces and evaluates e-wellbeing services that promote wellbeing and health as well as support rehabilitation of different clients in order to cope at home. Participants are the elderly, family caregivers, persons with mental health problems, disabled people and families with children and young people of child welfare.
IRSES (International research staff exchange scheme)
Irses- project focuses on the impact of neoliberalism on social work in six (6) partner countries, Italy, UK, Russia, Finland, South- Africa and India. Neoliberalism refers to international economic frameworks supported by social, cultural and political policies and practices that promote the use of markets, ideas of efficiency, consumer choice and transactional relationships to the delivery of social work services. Aim is to transfer knowledge and best practices across the consortium for the development of creating tools to identity the impact of change on vulnerable populations, the social work profession and develop best
Laurea is actively involved in many networks in order to promote health and wellbeing research, development and innovation activities.
• Baltic University Programme (BUP)
• AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce)
• Center for Identification Technology Research CITeR
• Cite du Design
• COHEHRE consortium (a learning organisation preoccupied with issues regarding the education and training of health and social care professionals across the European Union)
• Design for All Foundation,
• ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network)
• European Asian Active Innovation Net (AIN)
• European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the EU (Frontext)
• EuroFM (European facility management network)
• EuroPACE (a European non-profit association of universities, educational organisations and their networks to foster networked e-learning)
• European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL)
• European retail academy (ERA)
• European University Information Systems (EUNIS)
• Global Mobile Survey
• International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth
• Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), OECD
• Sendai Finland Wellbeing Center SFWBC
• Service Design Network (SDN)
• UArctic, University of the Arctic
• UASnet, Universities of Applied Sciences Network
• University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)
• World Travel Organization (UNWTO) Knowledge Network