Finland – The Land of Future Health
Finland is a small, easy to reach, highly innovative technology superpower that knows how to enhance the quality of patient life. Finland ranks among the three strongest health technology economies in the world, while digital health is its largest high-tech export. Multidisciplinary problem solving has raised the country among the main players of digital health.
Finland’s world-class research and technology competencies are the pinnacle of its health sector and one reason Finland has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. The specialized fields of genomics, diagnostics, non-invasive measurements, imaging, patient monitoring, digital health, wearables, sensors, health services, elderly care and hospital IT all position Finland as a healthcare thought-leader.
Over the last twenty years, Finland's exports of health technology have increased five-fold, while the surplus of trade in health technology has increased ten-fold. Health technology is now the largest high-tech export segment of Finnish industry.*
Finland has the 2nd largest start-up ecosystem in the world offering a dynamic operating environment for start-ups and international partnerships alike. Finland has for decades invested hundreds of millions of euros per year in health-related education, research and research infrastructures. The effort has resulted in cutting-edge research and treatment for example on cancer, brain diseases, orthopedics and genetics research.
Global players entering Finland
Finland´s position as a leader in digital health is already noticed by global players. Recently IBM announced that it will establish a Watson Health Center of Excellence in Finland, the first Nordic Healthcare Competence Center, and the first National Imaging Center of Excellence outside the United States in Finland. Last year GE Healthcare made the decision to base its wearable technology development in Finland. Also StartUp Health, a global health innovation company with the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies, announced in 2015 the launch of StartUp Health Finland, their first international hub outside the U.S.
Finpro is bringing 15 Finnish companies with world class solutions for health and quality of life to Medica. You can find the Finnish companies in hall 15, booth B05. We hope to see you there!
More information about participating companies and plenty of health-related information from Finland: www.finlandhealth.fi – Your Gateway to Finnish Health Expertise!
Finpro is Finland's Trade and Investment Promotion Agency with offices in over 40 countries. Finpro's mission is to help Finnish businesses grow internationally, encourage foreign direct investment in Finland, and promote tourism.
*Healthtech Finland: http://www.finnishhealthtech.fi/news/item/813--finlands-exports-of-health-technology-continue-to-set-new-records