Objective: tackle HIV-related challenges
Momentum project: 48-hour hackathon and 10 months of prototype testing
Result: new products and services on the market
Sirje Kõuts, member of the Estonian management board of GlaxoSmithKline:
We wanted to contribute to improving the HIV situation in Estonia but do so in an innovative way. In co-operation with the Connected Health Cluster, managed by Science Park Tehnopol, the innovation programme HIVdigital was created, the purpose of which was to initiate a discussion about innovation options in the field of HIV, encourage generating innovative solution ideas, and support developing the best of them into working and useful applications. As output of the programme, two new HIV-related digital solutions were created, along with start-up companies that are developing them. The Diagnostic Match decision support for GPs helps to find people who need HIV testing, within seconds. The mobile application hINF makes the communication between an HIV-positive patient and his or her doctor convenient and saves time, replacing almost half of the visits with digital visits. These solutions have potential to become widely used both in Estonia and elsewhere in the world. The greatest value of the programme is in the process itself, which gave a boost to development of patient-centred solutions, with all interested parties contributing together.
Read more at http://www.hivdigital.ee/.
The Port of Tallinn
Objective: resolve the challenges of the three fields of operation of the Port of Tallinn
Momentum project: one innovation day and incubation of the best solutions
Result: three solutions now being implemented
Valdo Kalm, Chairman of the Management Board of the Port of Tallinn:
With the help of the Tehnopol Startup Incubator, we organised a hackathon-style innovation day for the employees and co-operation partners of the Port of Tallinn to better deliver innovation to our employees and find smart solutions for developing in the port’s business domains. Via techniques known in the start-up world, seven innovative ideas were born under the guidance of experienced mentors, three of which we implemented immediately. We experienced that the best practices used in start-up entrepreneurship can also be successfully used in a company that has a long history but is innovative.
Project duration: hackathon-style idea day and mentor support to further develop established ideas
Tallinn Social Insurance Board
Objective: resolve challenges related to social-welfare services
Momentum project: one innovation seminar
Result: new products and services under development within the framework of the ESF contest and the City of Tallinn’s procurements
Tõnis Mölder, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn:
Such idea days are very important, as problems become much clearer if practitioners and entrepreneurs join forces, and from there it is possible to develop necessary new solutions. It is important also that the most important part of a social service not be forgotten: people.
It is not only start-ups and successful large enterprises who address innovation. Various public-sector institutions too are thinking more about how to provide people with better services and how to make processes more efficient and convenient.
The Health and Social Insurance Board of Tallinn invited social-welfare experts and technology companies to participate in the idea day organised by Science Park Tehnopol to together find innovative solutions for significant social-welfare issues experienced in daily work.
The ideas are to be further developed within the soon-to-be-launched ESF contest titled ‘Innovative Solutions in Social Welfare Services’ and in the City’s development projects and procurements.
Focus on COPD
Objective: tackle COPD-related challenges
Momentum project: 48-hour hackathon and six months of prototype testing
Result: three new products/services under development
Head of the Connected Health Cluster’s innovation department Kitty Kubo:
The FOCUS ON COPD programme aimed to find innovative solutions addressing how to find people who live with COPD more efficiently and organise their treatment with better results.
The programme COPD IN FOCUS helped to launch developments that are important for Estonian health care, from which we can learn and move forward.
The programme’s innovation fund was used to finance the prototyping and testing of three solution ideas. The developments are being implemented in co-operation between clinicians and technology enterprises. These developments consist of COPD smart screening and an SPG process on the primary level (Järveotsa-approved general medical practice, North Estonia Medical Centre, Dermtest, and Diagnostic Match), a home screening service for a seriously ill COPD patient (University of Tartu Pulmonary Clinic, Cognuse, and Queretec), and a pulmonology rehabilitation self-help application for a COPD patient (University of Tartu Pulmonology Clinic, North Estonia Medical Centre, Tartu Health Care College, and MotionChart).
The innovation was boosted by GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Boehringer Ingelheim.
- Merilin Varsamaa