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VideoVisit’s coronavirus guidance

 

For our part, we want to ensure a safe working environment for our employees, customers and partners as the second wave of the coronavirus spreads in Finland and across Europe.

 

Due to this, the remote work recommendation will remain in force in our company and we will avoid all unnecessary traveling and physical customer meetings. In addition, we have imposed a new mask policy to be in place in all meetings and public spaces in our office.

 

Picture Katariina Ojala/VideoVisit Oy

 

We wish all our partners a safe autumn and strength for healthcare professionals in these challenging times.

Joel Holmén VideoVisit Oy Medical Advisor

Joel Holmén VideoVisit Oy Medical Advisor

Joel Holmén started as the Medical Advisor of VideoVisit Oy on 1 st of April 2020. He is a doctor who specializes in psychiatry and also a doctoral researcher who has worked several years with geriatric psychiatry at the Turku University Hospital. Joel has acquired an extensive expertise in geriatric mental health care as well as using technology to support treatment.

 

The doctor from Turku is familiar with online appointments. Joel Holmén has taken part in developing an online appointment service for the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit of Tyks in which VideoVisit® HOME Virtual Care Service was introduced in early 2019. In Southwest Finland, elderly people often live in remote areas and have difficulty accessing, for example, municipal health care services. Remote home care is a way to speed up the hospital discharge process and provide more effective services to a patient’s home. In particular, online appointments have been used by the Intensive Geriatric Outpatient Care at Tyks. According to Joel’s experience, remote home care is well suited for the elderly. It is important that the solution is simple enough and enough time is spent teaching how to use the device.

 

It is easy to learn how to use the device because the patient does not need to know much. We wanted a window to the elderly people’s homes through which we could talk with them. That is why VideoVisit® was introduced at Tyks.

JOEL HOLMÉN

Medical Advisor, VideoVisit Oy

 

An interest towards health technology has taken Joel Holmén forward in his life. He has been founding and developing a company that implemented virtual reality technology to help doctors in operating rooms. In addition, Joel is involved in a start-up company that designs smart robot rollators for the elderly. Currently Joel is interested in utilizing remote technology and finding new solutions for geriatric psychiatry treatment.

 

Joel Holmén Medical advisor VideoVisit Oy

Joel Holmén thinks that the quality of life of the elderly could be improved by providing low-threshold services and improving access to and the speed of care. Photo Katariina Ojala/VideoVisit Oy

 

Mental health problems of the elderly are often overlooked. Good mental health is a prerequisite for human well-being. Joel Holmén says that in Finland society is not prepared for mental health challenges of the elderly, such as the treatment of depression. Access to mental health care in primary health care has decreased and resources have been reduced. Too many elderly people are left without the care they need. For example, Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) does not provide reimbursement for rehabilitative psychotherapy treatment of elderly people over the age of 67 years as mental health services are targeted at young people and people of working age. “It has been studied that psychotherapy is beneficial for the elderly. Depression is often driven by the feeling of loneliness,” says Holmén.

 

According to Joel, untreated mental health problems of the elderly are reflected in home care and other services used by the elderly. It manifests itself in greater number of more severely symptomatic patients. The quality of life of the elderly could be improved by providing low-threshold services and improving access to and the speed of care.

 

VideoVisit® Home Live Service is easy to use

According to Joel’s experience, remote home care is well suited for the elderly. It is important that the solution is simple enough and enough time is spent teaching how to use the device. Photo Katariina Ojala/VideoVisit Oy

 

Specializing in geriatric psychiatry, Doctor Holmén is concerned about the mental health of the elderly. The elderly population has been the most severely affected by the isolation guidelines due to the epidemic. The elderly people have been prohibited from relatives visiting and therefore their human contact has drastically reduced. The lives of both those living at home and those living in service homes have become more lonely. Many miss connecting with family and friends.

 

The state of emergency causes worry, sadness, fear, insecurity and anxiety. Isolation, impaired communication with both caregivers and loved ones, and the lack of presence affect mental well-being.

JOEL HOLMÉN

Medical Advisor, VideoVisit Oy

 

Concern about people’s mental resilience has become an increasingly topical issue. The Finnish government launched the Finland Forward (Suomi toimii) campaign in April this year. One of its main purposes is to support the mental health of its citizens. Underlying is the concern about the mental resilience and survival of Finns during and after the crisis.

 

Juhana Ojala, the CEO of VideoVisit Oy, sees Joel Holmén’s joining the VideoVisit Advisor Board as very positive news in terms of developing new services.

 

Juhana Ojala, CEO VideoVisit Oy

According to Juhana Joel Holmén is one of Finland’s leading experts in the digitization of geriatric psychiatry, hence joining our Advisor Board is great and a significant step for our organization. Photo Katariina Ojala/VideoVisit Oy

 

 

Mental health problems of the elderly is often an area that receives far too little attention. The effects of the COVID-19 epidemic will be reflected globally, especially in the growing demand for elderly mental health services. Joel’s joining our team strengthens VideoVisit’s ability to meet this challenge by developing new remote home care services and service models specifically targeted at mental health services for the elderly. Joel is one of Finland’s leading experts in the digitization of geriatric psychiatry, hence joining our Advisor Board is great and a significant step for our organization.

JUHANA OJALA

CEO, VideoVisit Oy

 

Yellow wooden house and an apple orchard

 

Photo Katariina Ojala/VideoVisit Oy

Ten apple trees in the yard keep Joel and his wife busy. Photo Katariina Ojala/VideoVisit Oy

 

The doctor’s free time is spent on yard and garden work. The yellow house and the magnificent ten apple trees in the yard keep Joel and his wife busy. In addition to yard work, Joel is pursuing a master’s degree in artificial intelligence at the Department of Future Technologies at the University of Turku. The video interview was conveyed by a warm-hearted and positive doctor who enthusiastically spoke about the future outlook.

 

 

More information

 

Joel Holmén

Medical Advisor, VideoVisit Oy

joel.holmen@videovisit.fi

Juhana Ojala

CEO, VideoVisit Oy

juhana.ojala@videovisitglobal.com

The UK uses technology against the coronavirus – chooses Finnish VideoVisit to support the elderly isolated at home

 

In March, the UK Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced that funding would be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who are particularly vulnerable or isolated as a result of the outbreak and need help, including people who need mental health support or who have social care needs.

 

The NHSX, which is responsible for the digitalization of public social and health services in the United Kingdom, has been working with partners PUBLIC and the AHSN Network to run the fast-track competition for innovators, creating a pool of ready to go technologies that have the potential to be rapidly scaled regionally and nationally.

 

Through ‘Techforce19’ challenge, NHSX chose Finnish VideoVisit® HOME remote care platform to support the daily lives of elderly people who have been isolated at home because of the coronavirus.

 

In the application process, 18 different solutions were selected from among 1 600 service providers. VideoVisit was the only solution chosen from outside the UK. With the help of the remote care platform, the NHSX wants to support communication in particular between the vulnerable elderly, their relatives and caretakers. With VideoVisit, it is possible to make home care visits via a secure remote connection. In addition, elderly persons using the service will be able to have video connections with their loved ones.

 

According to VideoVisit’s CEO Juhana Ojala, the strength of the service lies not only in its ease of use, but also in its humane dimension.

 

VideoVisit cannot be compared to traditional telemedicine or conference services, for example. VideoVisit is a door to the world for the person taken care of at home. It brings together the nursing staff, the client living at home, who needs regular care, and his loved ones.

 

JUHANA OJALA

CEO, VideoVisit Oy

 

VideoVisit is already Finland’s leading remote care service platform. In Finland, the easy-to-use service designed for the elderly is already in use in half of Finland’s municipalities and with thousands of home care customers. Moreover, the company is currently in the process to internationalize. The possibility to join the TechForce-19 project will open an important route for VideoVisit to the UK market, where the company works closely with locally based Nursebuddy.

 

Nursebuddy, a key partner for VideoVisit on TechForce19 initiative, has established its position as a trusted solution not only in Finland but also in the UK and Ireland. Nursebuddy enables homecare managers to plan and manage visits effortlessly remotely. The aim of the business collaboration is to expand the remote care service to Nursebuddy’s customer organizations in the UK, and to further integrate both solutions together.

 

The coronavirus has increased the need for remote care for the elderly to a whole new level. Home care service providers are deploying services at a record rate to ensure the availability and quality of their services. In order to minimize the spread of the coronavirus to the at-risk group, as many visits as possible are transferred to remote visits. Similar developments are taking place throughout Europe.

 

More information

Juhana Ojala, Tel. +358 40 568 2182, juhana.ojala@videovisitglobal.com

VideoVisit enters agreement with Taiwanese firm MiiS and launches a new Telemedicine solution

VideoVisit Ltd has entered into a co-operation agreement with Medimaging Integrated Solution Inc (MiiS), a Taiwan-based Horus Scope remote diagnostics solution for exclusive sales and marketing in Finland. At the same time, VideoVisit Ltd launches a new remote diagnostic solution – VideoVisit® REMOTE.

The multi-year cooperation agreement between VideoVisit and MiiS provides the basis for a long-term partnership in the development of high-quality remote diagnostic services. In addition to Finland, the signed co-operation agreement also covers cooperation for international markets.

Our cooperation with a high-tech supplier for Finnish markets and abroad is a continuation of our high-quality, easy and functional service. At the heart of our services is always the person who helps and cares, and this is the core value of our operations. We will continue our product development in line with this principle, says Repe Harmanen, CEO of VideoVisit.

For MiiS, the agreement is also a significant market opening in the Nordic market.

– VideoVisit is taking a leading position of telemedicine in the Finland. We look forward to join co-operate with the new remote diagnostic solution – VideoVisit® REMOTE in the telemedicine industry, and accelerate the processing of precision medicine giving back the human being, says Dr. Stefan Cheng, President of MiiS.

VideoVisit® REMOTE – Remote Doctor Solution will be released

The cooperation agreement between VideoVisit and MiiS is part of VideoVisit’s strategy to bring high-quality and easy-to-use remote medical solutions to the market, for instance, for acute healthcare medical shortages. VideoVisit officially launches a new VideoVisit® REMOTE telemedicine solution in Tampere on Social and Health Care ICT exhibition in Tampere, Finland.

– Easy and good care is the core of our services. With the new solution, we enable diagnostics where it has been more difficult to date in terms of cost or availability. At the same time, people’s need to travel long distances also decreases and thus makes everyday life easier, explains Harmanen.

For more information:

Repe Harmanen
CEO – VideoVisit Ltd
repe.harmanen@videovisit.fi
P. +358 40 046 7717

Stefan Cheng
President – Medimaging Integrated Solution Inc.
stefan@miis.com.tw
P. +886 3 5798860

Momentum in Japan – Appointment of Shuichi Seo & EU Trade Mission to Japan 2019

VideoVisit has been experiencing a big wave of activities and opportunities coming from the market of Japan.

– It’s exciting to see the momentum and interest in our holistic platform solution for remote caregiving and with each trip it gets better and better. Japan is one of the strategic entry markets chosen for business development for the next two years and the results of the activities so far has been impressive. Last year, VideoVisit was in Japan four times to develop contacts, networks and discuss potential partnerships and pilots with Japanese companies. Due to the high interest and potential we see from the market, we decided to take a bigger step forward, explains Michael Haralson, COO of VideoVisit Ltd.

Appointment of Mr. Shuichi Seo

Shuichi Seo appointed as Director, Sales & Business Development for the Japanese market.

It is with great pleasure that we formally announce the appointment of Mr. Shuichi Seo as Director, Sales & Business Development for the Japanese market.

Shuichi Seo has broad experience in research, consulting and business development on cross border businesses. He has had international working experience with Nomura Research Institute in Sydney and in London. He contributed to Nikko Asset Management and T&D Asset Management in developing new businesses. He was involved in advisory services on M&A and corporate finance with IBS Securities. He is a CFA charter holder and served as President of CFA Society Japan from 2013 to 2015. He has BA in Law from the University of Tokyo and MBA from the New York University.

EU Trade Mission to Japan 2019

Director of Sales and Business Development Shuichi Seo and COO Michael Haralson at EU Gateway Mission to Japan 2019

Last month VideoVisit had the great opportunity to participate in the 2019 EU Trade Mission to Japan – we were one of 40 companies that were chosen to participate this year from a pool of some 350 companies that applied. Even more exciting for us was that we had attended the trade mission last year so it was an honour to be chosen once again. The trade mission activities are held in coordination with the Medtec Exhibition, one of the larger medical exhibitions held at Tokyo Big Site.

– This March we have increased our meeting activities to reach out to potential partners and customers, with a total of 27 key meetings! It includes the EU Trade Mission to Japan matchmaking team’s efforts, some walk-on opportunities at the Medtec Exhibition and Shuichi Seo’s efforts to arrange appointments. This included some large Japanese medical companies as well as a meeting at the Sendai Finnish Wellbeing Centre. We start to see positive momentum in finding partners and pilots in the Japanese market, Shuichi Seo summarizes the week full of activities.

Additional information:

Michael Haralson
COO
michael.haralson@videovisitglobal.com
+358 40 532 7577

Shuichi Seo
Director, Sales & Business Development – VideoVisit Japan
shuichi.seo@videovisitglobal.com
+81 (0)80 3553 9889

Finnish Smart City technologies advance in Yinchuan, China

2018 Global Smart City Summit in Yinchuan, China

The Finnish Smart City Consortium has been invited to participate in Yinchuan Smart City pilots.

Yinchuan the leading Smart City in China and part of the national piloting program. It is significant for this Finnish Smart City Consortium to have this opportunity to test and develop Smart City offerings in a developed and large market.

The Finnish Smart City Consortium is structured and operating areas for the Yinchuan Smart City is pictured below.

Delegation leader Juho Pirinen from CJ Studio states “While discussing with Yinchuan local government about the needs of the Yinchuan Smart City we recognized many opportunities to utilize and further develop existing Finnish technologies. We consider Yinchuan City a developed and advanced market. We have seen that Finnish technology innovations fit perfectly to their Smart City planning.”

About Yinchuan Smart City:

Yinchuan is the capital of Ningxia Province in Northern China. On October 1st, 2016 Yinchuan had the unique honor of becoming China’s first metropolis to regulate as a “Smart City”. It is considered a blank canvas as Yinchuan can more flexibly adopt new technologies and then “attract people that would otherwise have gone to Beijing or Shanghai”. The population is a little over two million people, the right size for Finnish technology innovations to start access to the Chinese market.

Yinchuan has won many international and domestic awards, such as the TM Forum Smart City President’s Award in 2015, China’s Leading Smart City Award, the Fifth China (2015) Smart City Application and Innovation Award and so on. The Cloud Data Center of Smart Yinchuan is approved as a pilot unit of national green data center, becoming a leader in the field of smart city in China.

Pictured (from left to right): Pertti Jalasvirta, Kari Bäckman, Hannu Anttila, Michael Haralson, Juho Pirinen, Jukka Lassila and Simon Du. (not pictured but core team member – Huageng Chi)

About the Finnish Smart City Consortium members:

Formed specifically for addressing the needs of Yinchuan Smart City, the members consist of:

CJ Studio – Contact: Juho Pirinen (juho.pirinen@cjstudio.com) and Huageng Chi (huageng.chi@cjstudio.comwww.cjstudio.fi

MIF Academy – Contact: Pertti Jalasvirta (jalasvirta@gmail.com) www.mifacademy.com

Cyberwatch – Contact: Pertti Jalasvirta (jalasvirta@gmail.com) www.cyberwatchfinland.fi

Benete – Contact: Kari Bäckman (kari.backman@benete.com) www.benete.com

VideoVisit – Contact: Michael Haralson (michael.haralson@videovisitglobal.com) www.videovisitglobal.com

Halax – Contact: Pertti Jalasvirta (jalasvirta@gmail.com) www.halax.fi

Moprim – Contact: Hannu Anttila (hannu.anttila@moprim.com) www.moprim.com

Venture Development Finland – Contact: Jukka Lassila (jukka.lassila@yrityskehitys.com)  www.yrityskehitys.com

VideoVisit moves its headquarter to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

VideoVisit Group, including VideoVisit Ltd and its subsidiary VideoVisit Global Ltd, has a new home next to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. VideoVisit has moved in House of Travel and Transportation (HOTT) office building located at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Built in 2013, HOTT office building was originally designed for Finnair’s new international headquarter and it still accommodates Finnair and its subsidiaries.

In 2014 HOTT received the highly esteemed LEED Platinum environmental certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international environmental certification system. It provides independent proof that a construction project corresponds with the highest efficiency requirements for the environment.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better office space for our new headquarter. HOTT is a high-end office facility right next to the airport with great access to through the public transportation. It’s going to be a great second home for our employees and a place to where we proudly welcome our Finnish and international customers and partners.”, says Esa Ojala, Managing Director of VideoVisit Ltd.

The new address of VideoVisit

Tietotie 9                                                                                                                                                                      FIN-01530, Vantaa                                                                                                                                                            Finland

VideoVisit signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Manarat Al-Mamlakah Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

VideoVisit Group press release, for immediate release

H.H Prince Ahmed Bandar Alsudairy and Mr. Esa Ojala signing memorandum of understanding during the signing ceremony

VideoVisit Ltd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Manarat Al-Mamlakah Group, headquartered in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aimed at introducing VideoVisit® digital outpatient care services to the rapidly developing Saudi healthcare market.

Founder and Managing Director of VideoVisit Ltd, Mr. Esa Ojala signed the MOU with the Chairman of Manarat Al-Mamlakah Group, H.H Prince Ahmed Bandar Alsudairy during a signing ceremony held at His Highness’ palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“This MOU signals that there is a strong demand for the Finnish healthcare technology and knowhow in Saudi Arabia. VideoVisit wants to support and actively be part of the ongoing healthcare reform in Saudi Arabia driven by the ambitious Vision2030 strategy set by the Saudi government.” said Managing Director Esa Ojala. “This is a significant step forward for us in entering into the Saudi Arabian healthcare sector.”

H.E Petri Peltonen Under Secretary of State at the Finnish Ministry of Employment and H.E Pekka Voutilainen, Finland Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were representing the Finnish Government at the signing ceremony.

The signing was part of a Finnish business delegation mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being led by H.E Petri Peltonen Under Secretary of State at the Finnish Ministry of Employment.

For more information

Esa Ojala
Managing Director – VideoVisit Ltd
esa.ojala@videovisit.fi
+358 44 045 1842

Juhana Ojala
CEO – VideoVisit Global Ltd
juhana.ojala@videovisitglobal.com
+358 40 5682182

 

VideoVisit Group strengthens its organization with new appointments

Jukka Paldanius – Newly appointed CXO of VideoVisit Global Ltd

VideoVisit Group press release, Free to be released on 4th April 2018

VideoVisit Group continues its strategic growth by appointing Markku Karjalainen as CIO of VideoVisit Ltd and Jukka Paldanius as CXO of the subsidiary VideoVisit Global Ltd. With these new appointments, VideoVisit Group strengthens its internal readiness to further develop VideoVisit® services and entering into new international markets.

Markku Karjalainen brings valuable management-level experience on IT-security and software development

In a new position created at VideoVisit, Markku Karjalainen brings decades of experience on managing and leading different size development projects. His long experience at Siemens, IBM and F-Secure in managing technical development projects, risk assessment and IT-security raises the software development of VideoVisit to the next level in a market situation where there’s increasing interest to VideoVisit® services.

“As the number of customers grows, it is natural to develop and invest also into our organization capability to answer for the new customer needs and future growth. With Markku, we get extremely seasoned professional and strong character to steer our growth and service development to a level that enables us to scale up to new markets. At the same time, Markku’s background from F-Secure gives VideoVisit more tools to be the leading remote healthcare service provider in terms of data security and usability also in the future.”, explains Esa Ojala, the CEO of VideoVisit Ltd.

Jukka Paldanius adds customer experience in distributing VideoVisit® services to global markets

As the newly appointed CXO, Jukka Paldanius strengthens VideoVisit Global’s capability especially in distributing digital outpatient care concepts and service processes to international customers and partners. Previously Paldanius has been working for the city of Helsinki Service Center being responsible of the Service Center’s remote care solutions. At the Service Center he was responsible, for example for operating VideoVisit® Home virtual care service, which has become one of the main service models of the city of Helsinki’s home care services.

“Appointing Jukka Paldanius as CXO of VideoVisit Global is a really important strategic step for us towards our long-term targets in international markets. One of our competitive advantages has been extremely broad and deep knowhow on developing digital outpatient care service processes and integrating technology into these processes. At VideoVisit, Jukka will be responsible especially for developing our technical consultation services business. This is part of a larger transition where we move from a software company to a complete service provider including both technology and consultation services”, states Esa Ojala.

For more information

Esa Ojala
Managing Director – VideoVisit Ltd
esa.ojala@videovisit.fi
+358 44 045 1842

Markku Karjalainen
CIO – VideoVisit Ltd
markku.karjalainen@videovisit.fi
+358 44 779 0824

Jukka Paldanius
CXO – VideoVisit Global Ltd
jukka.paldanius@videovisitglobal.com
+358 40 674 2239

2018 – The year of virtual care!