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OBJECTIVES In 2002 a decision was reached to set up a nation-wide electronic health record system in Finland. The legal framework of actors with the necessary mandate was approved in the parliament in December 2006. A set of standards and norms have been selected that all health care actors need to follow. Functional specifications of the services were(More)
Healthy lifestyle is essential in prevention of chronic diseases. However, people need motivation and support to achieve and to maintain behavior changes. Moreover, effective behavior change support should be personalized to individual's unique characteristics, needs and context. This paper presents a blueprint of an ICT system, which is able to provide(More)
The 24-hour variability in blood pressure and heart rate of 14 normotensive subjects was examined under ambulatory conditions with a continuous, invasive method. The results were analysed with 30-second means calculated from beat-to-beat values. The registered time series had three different types of variation: (1) a continuous, fast variation around the(More)
Laxminarayan, defined the goal as " to report on the latest developments of how IT is applied for harnessing medical, biological, and healthcare programs. " I took over after him as EiC in 2002, and now, after two terms, six years in total, it is my turn to hand over the Transactions to the incoming EiC, Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang. I will use this opportunity to(More)
BACKGROUND There is a strong will and need to find alternative models of health care delivery driven by the ever-increasing burden of chronic diseases. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this 1-year trial was to study whether a structured mobile phone-based health coaching program, which was supported by a remote monitoring system, could be used to improve the(More)
Health care monitoring system can be characterized as the combination of communication technology and biometric sensor nodes. Patients' care monitoring is a part of telemedicine monitoring, in which HTTP (Hypertext Transfer protocol) is used to access information from devices which have the internet connection. In this paper, we present a design of an(More)
Lifestyle is a key determinant in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. If we would exercise regularly, eat healthy, control our weight, sleep enough, manage stress, not smoke and use alcohol only moderately, 90% of type II diabetes, 80% of coronary heart disease, and 70% of stroke could be prevented. Health statistics show that lifestyle(More)
Adverse and suboptimal health behaviors and habits are responsible for approximately 40 % of preventable deaths, in addition to their unfavorable effects on quality of life and economics. Our current understanding of human behavior is largely based on static "snapshots" of human behavior, rather than ongoing, dynamic feedback loops of behavior in response(More)