Engaging Patients, Empowering Doctors in Digitalization of Healthcare: Rich Data in Policy Decision-Making

Marika Iivari, Julius Gomes, Minna Pikkarainen, Juha Häikiö, Peter Ylén

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    This study explores how heterogeneous types of data, e.g., personal data, big data, public data, statistical data, third sector data as well as social media, jointly referred to as 'rich data', are currently being utilised in healthcare policy making, and what kind of implications data has on future decision-making. Conducted as a qualitative case study with municipal decision-makers in Finland, this study examines the use of data in the context of preventive mental healthcare services, and highlights mental issues as a complex, systemic kind with far reaching long term impact, where the needs ands requirements for right kinds of data extend beyond healthcare domain. Making rich data available for policy decisions is only one preliminary step in the road to data-driven policy decisions. Data analysis and visualisation are essential elements in making data usable for decision-makers in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ISPIM 2017
    EditorsElko Huizingh, Olga Kokshina, Iain Bitran, Steffen Conn, Marko Torkkeli, Marcus Tynnhammar
    PublisherInternational Society for Professional Innovation Management ISPIM
    ISBN (Print)978-952-335-021-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventISPIM Innovation Conference 2017: Composing the Innovation Symphony - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 18 Jun 201721 Jun 2017


    ConferenceISPIM Innovation Conference 2017
    Abbreviated titleISPIM


    • healthcare
    • data
    • big data
    • decision-making
    • policy making
    • public sector
    • data-driven
    • data-driven decision-making
    • mental health
    • patient health records (PHR)
    • medical data presentation
    • adherence to treatment
    • distant medical monitoring
    • intellectual algorithms


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