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Perälä-Heape Maritta

Maritta Perälä-Heape

Professor, University of Oulu

Maritta Perälä-Heape is Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oulu, and Director responsible for the DigiHealth Knowledge HUB project. She serves as an expert in the Ecosystem Group for the Artificial Intelligence Programme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The goal of the DigiHealth Knowledge HUB project is to build a knowledge network model that supports digital transformation. The focus is to create explicit operating models for utilising data on health and wellbeing and to share information on best practices. The aim is to facilitate the application of machine learning and data analysis in medical research and innovation and to develop the effectiveness determination of wellbeing applications and artificial intelligence solutions, as well as new evaluation methods. The activities are based on a strong multidisciplinary cooperation model with various actors (the OuluHealth ecosystem), seeking to create a national and international cooperation network model. The role of the DigiHealth HUB knowledge network is also to communicate best practices on the achievements that are already in place and to help the SME sector in the development of knowledge-intensive health and wellbeing services.