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July 1, 2016

Finnish pilot for remote asthma monitoring service

Finnish telecom operator Elisa is running a six-month pilot scheme together with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Tyoterveyslaitos). The goal is to provide remote asthma monitoring services. Some 10,000 Finns of working age are affected each year asthma.

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Elisa uses remote sensors to measure peak expiratory flow, along with a smartphone, measurement device, dedicated application and Bluetooth connection. The data is transferred directly to medical staff over the network, which allows for live monitoring. Occupational asthma examinations last four weeks and measurements are carried out every two hours during the daytime.

The medical director of the Finisch institute of Occupational Health, Eva Helaskoski, believes it to be in the interests of Finnish society that occupational asthma is identified as early as possible. The CEO of the institute, Antti Koivula, adds the institute wants to be a pioneer in using digitisation.

Elisa is a telecommunications, ICT and online service company serving 2.3 million consumer, corporate and public administration organisation customers. In Finland Elisa is the market leader in mobile subscriptions.

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