Rethinking Health ICT Enabled Services to Empower People to Manage Their Health

  • Niilo Saranummi
Conference paper
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 37)


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 and colon cancer could be prevented. Unfortunately, global health statistics show that health promotion campaigns and healthcare have failed to persuade people to change and manage their lifestyles. A disruptive solution to this “tsunami” of chronic conditions is required. This paper outlines a solution that aims to radically improve people’s abilities to manage their health.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Niilo Saranummi
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  1. 1.VTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandTampereFinland

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