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EPTEK is a regional development organization, which adapts information technology into health care.

The association creates new procedures with regional, national and international development projects. Services include project coordination, consultation, education and technical support.

Nordic Telemedicine Center Newsletter of September 2018 his now available.

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Presentation of eHealth and eHealth equipment (home care technology, distance care technology, telecare) in Finland.

Nordic Telemedicine Center Newsletter of April 2018 his now available.

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NAO is an interactive companion robot. It can e.g. act as a gymnastics instructor for the senior citizens in the nursing home. NAO can be programmed to perform different kind of functions.

The Sensor technology service offers possibilities for senior citizens to live safely in their own homes longer. The service  creates safety and a feeling of security to both the senior citizen and his/her relatives.

PARO is a therapeutic robot that has been created to stimulate patient’s interaction and socialization.

Elisa Distance measurement is a smartphone application that automatically and in real-time transmits the measurement results from a measuring instrument to health professionals to utilize. The phone application reminds user of the upcoming measurement as well as instructs and gives immediate feedback when measuring. The measurement results can be viewed from the phone application during the study.

Nordic Telemedicine Center

Despite the large efforts to develop ICT solutions in the area of healthcare, and the successful trials across the world - Nordic countries in particular, telemedicine is still far from its full potential. The implementation rate is low, which has caused the eHealth paradox; healthcare technology is available but not yet applied enough.

Nordic Telemedicine Center is aiming to highlight the advantage of telemedicine solutions and technologies in everyday life. The goal of this competence centre is to enlighten the citizens about the available technological solutions for their everyday needs, to help the technology providers to reach the relevant target audiences better and to provide learning material and trainings on these technologies.

The center is currently under development. This website will reflect the project work towards building the competence centre that connects Finland and Sweden; in particular the cities of Seinäjoki, Umeå and Vasa.


The Center will be the source of support for the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative telemedicine technologies and work models. The Center is built to share the knowhow and best practices, and to promote the cooperation between the two countries over the Gulf of Bothnia.


The Center’s mission is to offer eHealth expertise and services to health and social care professionals, researchers, companies and citizens in the region as well as to support the target groups in testing, adopting and developing new eHealth technologies, and in increasing knowledge and skills related to eHealth. Through the virtual environment, the center aims at increasing cooperation between companies and health care sector in the development and utilization of eHealth services.

The Project

Nordic Telemedicine Center (NTC) is an innovation project funded by the EU’s Interreg Botnia Atlantica program. The three-year project (09/2015-08/2018) is carried out in collaboration by Västerbotten County Council (project leader) and University of Umeå in Sweden and by South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Centre (EPTEK) and University of Vaasa in Finland.

The project’s aim is to establish a cross-border telemedicine competence center in co-operation between Finland and Sweden. During the project, the competence center’s physical contact points are opened in Seinäjoki (Finland) and in Umeå (Sweden). In addition, the project creates a virtual environment to support knowledge exchange and cooperation.


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The center in Seinäjoki consists of a home like environment where one can explore and test various assisted living technologies provided by different health technology companies. The center provides information on the home care support solutions and their usage to different target groups. Among the usual visitors are senior citizens and their family members and/or caretakers, as well as social and health care professionals and students. 

Memoera trainer is designed to provide entertainment and activity to the life of the person with a memory disorder. Device contains various kind of games which activates different part of the brains and several senses simultaneously.

Opening the lock is done via the smartphone application, but also the original key lock can be used to open the lock. The lock unit can be installed afterwards to the most common door lock models without making holes in the doors. Used e.g. at home care, where the nurse doesn’t have to carry keys of the all customers. Depending on the manufacturer, it can also be connected to the ERP system.

A security phone can be used to alert help by pressing the alarm button, which is usually passes around users wrist or neck. In general, the emergency phone itself also has an alarm button. Through the security phone the contact person can talk with the user e.g. person with the memory disorder.

GPS devices are developed to secure the movement of the user and to function as a wireless safety phone to a person suffering from a memory disorder.  The GPS system allows the user to move freely inside the area that has been predetermined to the device. If the person with a device has been moved outside the predetermined area the device will make an automatic alert and informs the exact location to the alarm recipients.

Door alarms are devices which provide ease and sense of security to the person with a memory disorder and for the close one living with him/her. For example spouse can sleep in peace knowing that the door alarm will alert if the person with a memory disorder tries to leave from the house.

Digital calendar is an automatically updating electronic calendar which indicates the date, weekday, time and whether it is a morning, daytime, evening or night. Also alarms can be programmed; for example to remind about the daily medication times. The information is easy to read from the big screen. 

ANVIA AKKUNA is a care and entertainment service solution targeted especially for elderly users and other special groups. The solution provides video communication, with a possibility to integrate further services, such as tailored videos and music, to the platform. The user interface of the solution is designed to be simple and easy to use while also being customizable. For video communications Akkuna uses Vidyo platform. User interface and features are customizable by needs of customer.

Careousel Advance is an automated pill dispenser, which ensures that the right amount of pills is taken at the right time. The pill doses are added to the dispenser, after which the daily dose times are programmed to the dispenser. Once this is done, the dispenser cover is closed and locked. When it is time to take the pills, the dispenser turns automatically to the next slot and raises a sound and light alarm. The pills are taken by turning the dispenser upside down, which also stops the alarm.

Emfit Safebed is a bed monitoring & alarm system, which can be used for example by athletes for self-monitoring their sleep quality or by caregivers for monitoring elderly persons. The solution monitors its user while s/he is in bed, recording e.g. pulse, respiration rate and movements. The real time information is delivered to a web based user interface. It is also possible to set an immediate or a delayed alarm for times when the user leaves the bed and/or does not return within the given time. This helps to detect potential falls and wandering, which are both common symptoms for persons with memory disorder.

The Telemedicine Competence Center will be opened on 21.9.2016 in Seinäjoki as a part of the Botnia Atlantica funded Nordic Telemedicine Center project. During the opening day, the center will be open for visitors between 14-18. Welcome! The competence center is located in Mediwest (Koskenalantie 16), on the 2nd floor. 

The center hosts a home like environment where various assisted living solutions and furniture are demonstrated. Information about technical assisted living solutions will be provided. The center provides information for example to elderly citizens, informal carers, social and health care professionals as well as students. During the day, a virtual connection will be taken also to Umeå, where a similar center will be opened as a part of the same project. Everyone interested in telemedicine and assisted living solutions is warmly welcome to the event!

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