A better life and wellbeing for all
Within a few decades we will have dramatically different services and tools
to enable and support good life. Although population ageing is a central
driver of wellbeing related business opportunities, new business innovations
are expected to be life changing for people across all age groups.
Views and foresights of people’s wellbeing
The need to reinvent healthcare has become obvious in the course of the past
10 – 15 years, when several drivers have emerged that interactively push for a
systemic change in health services.
On the demand side societies are greying, our lifestyles are projected to lead
towards a huge increase in chronic conditions and we are better informed of
what medicine or nutrition can do. On the supply side biology based medicine
has improved our understanding of diseases, their diagnostics and therapies.
The role of patients has changed fundamentally from passive objects of care to
proactive partners and co-producers of their health and care, while ICT
enables the integration of data and best practices, the virtualisation of
certain health services and resources, and access to services anytime anywhere.
People’s wellbeing and VTT
In Europe, we currently spend close to 80 % of our health budgets on the
direct and indirect care of chronic diseases, although we know that chronic
diseases can to a large extent be prevented and managed. VTT has three
multidisciplinary research frontiers in the realm of wellbeing that all aspire
to change our concept of healthcare in years to come: active and healthy
ageing, lifestyle management and personalised medicine and nutrition.
The evolution of the health care field is inspiring great hopes of wellbeing
reaching completely new levels within our lifetime. Functional nutrition,
early diagnostics, motivational tools, remote health monitoring and active and
responsive housing are but a few examples of areas with substantial future
impact for both business and society. Wellbeing is a core area of future
growth with substantial potential for a large array of new business.
VTT’s research both directly and through additional business innovation
strives to dramatically improve the quality of life. VTT is taking a leading
role in generating a platform of combinatory technologies and services to
ensure wellbeing at all ages. VTT’s work on wellbeing focuses on creating
concrete solutions, tools and devices through advanced research.