Morning health talks Tartu | Innovation in Hospitals – Practices from Estonia and the Nordic Countries

On October 14, starting at 9:00 EET, the next virtual EIT Health Morning Health Talks will take place, the focus of which this time is innovation in hospitals.
At the event, the experiences of Sweden and Finland as well as Estonia in regards of innovation practices in hospitals are introduced. The presentations will introduce the supporting mechanisms, trends, challenges and opportunities of innovation in the represented countries’ health care system. We will also discuss the main interests of healthcare providers in innovations as well as about the inner and outer motivational and regulation factors.
The event ends with a moderated discussion panel, where all participants of the event can contribute their questions and ideas.

EIT Health Morning Health Talks (MHT) is a regional discussion and networking platform aimed at shaping and improving the health innovation ecosystem of RIS regions.

Date & Time: 14/10/2022; 09:00-11:30 (EET)
Location: Zoom 
Language: English
Registration link: Event is by invitation only. To receive an invitation, please see below for the info.


9:00-9:05 – Introduction (Sven Parkel, Tartu Biotechnology Park)

9:05-9:30 – Jaarika Järviste (Estonian Health Insurance Fund)
Enhancing innovation in hospitals”
EHIF has now for over 4 years been working with different health care providers on numerous innovation projects. I will be sharing the mechanisms EHIF has for supporting innovation in hospitals and talk about our experiences so far. With every project we learn something new and it will be interesting to look at how the challenges in collaboration have changed in the past years.

9:30-10:00 – Siiri Heinaru (North Estonia Medical Centre)
Innovation in North Estonia Medical Centre – success and struggles”
The North Estonia Medical Centre (NEMC) is one of the most prominent and innovative hospitals in the Estonia, also fastest growing e-hospital in the Baltic region. The NEMC is a teaching hospital and an eager user of latest technology and new solutions. How does the everyday work looks like?

10:00-10:10 – Kalevi Virta(eWELL OY)
“Ongoing Health and Social care reform in Finland”  

10:10-10:30 – Pauliina Hyrkäs (Oulu University Hospital and the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District)
„Findings from the development of Finnish social and healthcare innovation activities – case Oulu University Hospital, North Ostrobothnia and the national Innovation Network”

10:30-11:00 – Iris Öhrn (Business Region Göteborg AB)
„Healthcare Innovation in Sweden: trends, challenges and opportunities”
Sweden is among the most innovative countries in the world. However, healthcare costs are rising; as healthcare expenditure accounts for 10-11% of Sweden’s BNP. The healthcare system is in the middle of a paradigm shift, where new delivery models, more digitalization and innovative patient centric approaches are at the core. The presentation will focus on the healthcare market in Sweden, and the life science strategy while providing concrete examples on recent healthcare innovation initiatives.

11:00-11:30 – Discussion Panel (Panelists: Iris Öhrn, Kalevi Virta, Siiri Heinaru, Moderator: Jaanus Pikani)


Iris Öhrn – Biochemist, MBA, with nearly 20 years of experience as a Life Science professional working in an international environment with matters related to scientific research, business development, technology transfer, and financing. Currently employed as an Investment Advisor for Life Science at Business Region Göteborg, Iris provides advise and support to investment firms and international life science companies looking for business and research collaboration opportunities in West Sweden. She is involved in several National and International organizations either as an expert or as a member of the board. Through her work she is committed to increasing the exchange of technology between countries around the world as well as to helping build cross-border innovation ecosystems.

Jaanus Pikani, MD, is the chairman of ScanBalt BioRegion, a health and biotechnology metacluster organization consisting of health and bioeconomy communities in different European countries and regions. Jaanus is the founder and board member of Tartu Biotechnology Park. He has been a practicing surgeon in the field of head and neck oncology, head of the Cancer Center and Tartu University Clinic, chancellor of the Ministry of Social Affairs and chief of staff of the President of Estonia.

Jaarika Järviste – is head of development in EHIF. She is a medical doctor by education, but has been working on innovating healthcare since 2020. First as project manager for telemedicine and then leading a team of project managers driving change. Her main areas of interest and action are innovation in the way we work, data driven healthcare, smart collaboration, improving healthcare leadership, healthcare where the patient is.

Kalevi Virta is the Finnish Innovation Fund (Tekes) Programme manager for iWELL and FinnWell programmes, consulting of Built environment programme (health area). Participating as mentor in EITHealth Innostars Mentoring programme since 2019, mentee Tartu Biotech Park; Consulting the national AKUSTI programme lead by the Association of Finnish municipalities; Supporting the HIMSS organization coordination. Was the Project Leader of Nordic testbeds project (2015 -2017), funded by Nordic Innovation, a joint project with five Nordic University hospital testbeds. Has led the international activities of Centre for Health and Technology, University of Oulu.

Pauliina Hyrkäs (MSc in Health Management) is the innovation coordinator of the Oulu University Hospital and the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District as well as the operative responsible person in developing and coordinating social and health care innovation and co-creation activities of North Ostrobothnia Wellbeing Services County. The focus of her research is on the leadership of public social and health care innovation activities.

Siiri Heinaru is the Innovation specialist of the department of R&D at North Estonia Medical Centre.

Morning Health Talks will be held digitally and access to the event is by invitation. If you have not received an invitation, but would like to participate, please send an e-mail to with a brief introduction of yourself and a brief description of why you are interested in the event and how you would contribute to it.