A personal health platform helps make better health decisions

It is difficult for Estonian people to manage their health data and often they are unsure where to start looking for trustworthy and understandable health information.

The secretaries-general of ministries selected projects in the Public Sector Innovation Programme that would help make public services more user-friendly and people-centered. One of the selected projects is the creation of the Toolbox forHuman Health Management.

The project aims to create an attractive and convenient personal health platform that takes into account the interests and needs of the user, encouraging and guiding people to take responsibility for their own health, be an equal partner in the health care system and make better health decisions to enjoy a healthier and longer life.

The project team includes the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the National Institute for Health Development, the Connected Health Cluster of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, the Estonian Health Economy Association and the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre.

According to Piret Hirv, Head of the Connected Health Cluster, the cluster is bringing together different parties to provide solutions for better health. “People’s health awareness varies and information is sought through various channels,” said Hirv. “Such a flood of information is difficult to navigate and a reliable platform supported by public sector services would be helpful.”

The results of the Innovation Programme will be presented in September 2020. The programme is led by the Estonian Public Sector Innovation Team, whose mission is to support ministries with user-driven approaches.

The Connected Health Cluster, led by Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, is Estonia’s largest health technology community, bringing together health service providers, health technology companies and all other relevant stakeholders. With the help of the cluster, it is possible to carry out national cooperation projects and export health technology solutions to other countries.

The activities of the cluster are co-financed by Enterprise Estonia.