Connected health innovation: Data access challenges in the interface of AI companies and hospitals

Laura Kemppainen, Minna Pikkarainen, Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Jarmo Reponen

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    The purpose of this paper is to explore the challenges and potential solutions regarding data access for innovation in the realm of connected health. Theoretically, our study combines insights from data management and innovation network orchestration studies, taking thereby a new approach into issues that have emerged in these research streams. Empirically, we study these issues in the context of a development endeavor involving an AI-driven surgery journey solution in collaboration with hospitals and companies. Our study indicates that the challenges and solutions in data access can be categorised according to the level where they emerge: individual, organisational, and institutional. Depending on the level, the challenges require solutions to be searched from different categories. While solutions are generally still scarce, organizational level solutions seem to hold wide-ranging potential in addressing many challenges. By discussing these dynamics, this paper provides new knowledge for academics and practitioners on the challenges and solutions for data access and management in networked contexts. The greatest challenges among healthcare providers and health technology companies lay on uncertainties and interpretations concerning regulation, data strategy, and guidelines. Creating guidelines for data use and access in a hospital can be a first step to creating connected health innovations in collaboration with AI companies. For their part, these companies need to put effort into gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of the processes and standards in healthcare context. Our paper is one of the first to combine data management and innovation network orchestration literatures, and to provide empirical evidence on data access related issues in this setting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-55
    JournalTechnology Innovation Management Review
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Artificial intelligence
    • Connected health
    • Data access
    • Data management
    • Governance
    • Information mobility
    • Innovation
    • Orchestration
    • Patient- centered


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