Niilo Saranummi

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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)
IN THE FIRST issue of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE (T-ITB) in March 1997, the founding Editor-in-Chief (EiC), Dr. Swamy 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,(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)
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)
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)
Health-related behaviors are among the most significant determinants of health and quality of life. Improving health behavior is an effective way to enhance health outcomes and mitigate the escalating challenges arising from an increasingly aging population and the proliferation of chronic diseases. Although it has been difficult to obtain lasting(More)
THIS special issue is done to promote IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE (TITB) to the readers of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (TBME). TITB was launched in 1997 with Professor Swamy Laxminarayan as the first Editor-in-Chief (EIC). I took over as EIC beginning this year (2002). TITB is published four times a year. Its(More)