Researchers from the Finnish initiative Digital Health Revolution have joined forces with Flinders University in South Australia. The goal is to find out how individuals could make use of their personal health data being collected in various registers in order to promote their health and well-being.
Together with Flinders University researchers we are developing mobile applications and online services which help consumers gain a better understanding of their own health information, for example by means of visualisations, says Miikka Ermes, a senior scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, one of the partners in the DHR project.
According to Flinders University Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi, Australia carried out major investments in a national personal health record system, which allows individuals to control and make use of their health data.
Health data is typically given in a format that is meant to be read and interpreted by experienced health care professionals. At Flinders we are developing applications which present complex health information to individuals in a way that is not only easier to decipher but also potentially helps them adopt a healthier way of life and improve their well-being, Bidargaddi says.
News courtesy of Finnfacts / Good News! from Finland