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Living Lab

New services for health technology companies are being developed at Kuopio University Hospital.

Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) is now providing Living Lab services, which companies developing future health technology solutions can use to test their products and services in an authentic hospital environment. Our services focus on four areas:

  •  we work towards streamlining the testing process for medical devices and solutions at KUH
  •  we collaborate with companies during the development process for health technology innovations
  •  we conduct test runs for products and solutions during their development phase
  •  we coordinate clinical trials for medical devices

Currently, Living Lab is working with different companies on the field of new health technologies and treatment solutions. There is growing interest in collaboration with companies. The companies´ products and solutions that have been assessed by our professionals, in testing or in trials are very versatile. Products and services have been related to work in spesialised medical care, patient treatment or training of employees’.

Test runs are made under professional supervision so that patient safety is not compromised. At KUH, companies can deal directly with project coordinator, who is involved in test runs. Companies get valuable information of the usability of their solutions and the Kuopio University Hospital District Municipal Federation has an opportunity to use the latest services, which may improve cost-effectiveness or quality of treatment.

Living Lab services are provided by KUH, City of Kuopio and Savonia University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to boost innovation, also within the hospital, and promote the development and commercialisation of innovations. At the same time, Living Lab promotes collaboration between specialised health care, primary health care and end users. A key component of these services is to facilitate access to international markets for local companies.

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The Living Lab project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo, City of Kuopio and the Kuopio University Hospital District Municipal Federation.

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Contact Information

  • Project Coordinator, Maarit Kumpulainen, RN, MSc, Mobile +358 44 717 9233, maarit.kumplainen(at)
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