Current position at VTT
Professor, Research Coordinator
Research background and current research topics
His research interests include pervasive healthcare (the application of ICT for personalized health and disease management), interoperability, and innovation, technology policy setting and technology transfer in health.
Current major research projects at VTT
M.Sc. (Tech) 1970
D.Sc. (Tech) 1976
He has worked at VTT since 1975 advancing through different positions starting as a research scientist and from 1982 onwards as director of VTT’s Medical Engineering Laboratory with a staff of 70 full time employees. Since VTT's reorganization in 1994, he has worked in VTT as a research professor and from 2008 onwards as research coordinator in “ICT for Health”. In 2007 he worked at the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) on a special assignment where the aim was to create a Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in Health and Well-being (www.salwe.org). He has also worked abroad on various occasions (MRC, Northwick Park Hospital 1978, Eindhoven University of Technology 1980, UN / Economic Commission of Europe 1985).
He has served as an expert in the planning and running of several Finnish and Nordic technology programs in the area of health technology. He has participated as co-coordinator and partner in more than 30 projects in the Framework Programs of R&D funded by the European Union in the areas of biomedical engineering and ICT for health. He was active in the standardization of medical devices in the late 70’s through early 80’s (IEC TC 62) and in health informatics (CEN TC 251) in the early 90’s. In 1995, he co-founded HL7 Finland, a society affiliated to Health Level Seven (www.hl7.org). He has served as the chair of that till 2010. He has extensive experience in working with industry partners.
Positions of trust and professional assignments
In 1991-94 he served as President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, IFMBE (www.ifmbe.org) and in 1994-97 as President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM). In 1999 he was appointed to lead an ad-hoc committee with the charge to look into the possibilities of establishing a European umbrella organization that could cater for the needs of the European MBE community. In 2003, in the inauguration meeting of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES, www.eambes.org) he was elected interim President of it (2003-2004). He chairs the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, IAMBE (2009-2012).
He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine, T-ITB (2002-2007). He is area editor of IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering (2008 - ). He chaired IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s Technical Committee on Information Technology for Health (2007-9).
Innovation and Knowledge Intensive Service Activities. Synthesis report. Author and editor of chapter 4 “The role of KISA in healthcare”. OECD Publications 2006, 179 pages. ISBN 92-64-02273-2.
Saranummi, Niilo. IT Applications for Pervasive, Personal and Personalized Health. Editorial. Tr. on Information Technology in Biomedicine, vol. 12, p 1-4, 2008.
Saranummi, Niilo, Wactlar Howard. Guest Editors, Special Topic Issue on Pervasive Healthcare. Methods Inf Medicine 2008; 47: 175-278.
Saranummi, Niilo. In the Spotlight: Health Information Systems. PHR and Value Based Healthcare. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol 2, 2009 pp. 15-17.
Saranummi, Niilo. In the Spotlight: Health Information Systems. Supporting health behaviour change. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol 3, 2010, pp. 15-18.
Saranummi, Niilo. In the Spotlight: Health Information Systems. Mainstreaming mHealth. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol 4, 2011, pp. 17-19.
Honka, Anita, Kaipainen, Kirsikka, Hietala, Henri, Saranummi, Niilo. Rethinking Health: ICT-Enabled Services to Empower People to Manage Their Health. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol 4, 2011, pp. 119-139.
He is Fellow of Finnish Academies of Technology, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (www.ifmbe.org), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (www.aimbe.org), IEEE (www.ieee.org) and EAMBES.
He was the recipient of IFMBE’s Otto Schmitt award in 2006.
Professor, Research Coordinator
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