Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and ICTA visit Finland

A delegation formed by representatives of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka and the Information and Communication Technology Agency ICTA, an authority operating under the Ministry, visited Finland between 23rd and 28th of June at the invitation of Mediconsult Ltd, the parent company of M C Medisoft Ltd. The reason for the visit was the digitalisation needs of the government of Sri Lanka, especially in the field of healthcare, and its cooperation with M C Medisoft Ltd and Mediconsult Ltd. The delegation was led by Ms. Wasantha Perera, Secretary to the Ministry.

M C Medisoft Ltd, together in collaboration with the Ministry and ICTA, is currently implementing ERP tools for local hospitals in Sri Lanka. 

“We have already operated in Sri Lanka for almost two years and Colombo also serves as our hub for the rest of South Asia. Because we are currently delivering systems for the local hospitals, we considered it a good idea that our Sri Lankan partners and clients should come and familiarise themselves with Finnish health technology and the operating models used in healthcare. The visit enabled our guests to better assess the desired state that we can help them reach in Sri Lanka.” says Tommi Salaspuro, CEO of Mediconsult Ltd and M C Medisoft. 

During its visit to Finland, the delegation was familiarised with the health and social services information system used in the entire area of Siun sote (Social and Health Care Federation of the Municipalities of North Karelia). The Omaolo Service, which supports self-care among Finns and enables digital assessments of symptoms, was also introduced to the delegation by SoteDigi Ltd. The visit continued to the New Children’s Hospital, and J Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and Kim Berg, Member of Parliament, welcomed the delegation.

The guests were  introduced with the Finnish Kanta services, which allow centralised archiving, storaging and usage of electronic patient data. They also discussed the monitoring and controlling of care quality together with Viveca Bergman, Vesa Jormanainen and Pia Maria Jonsson from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

In addition to the official programme, the delegation and Mediconsult Ltd were invited to a dinner hosted by Ambassador Harri Kämäräinen. 

“The guests appreciated the visit and the opportunity to meet senior representatives from both the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Parliament. The visits also gave us a good overall understanding of the digitalization journey of Finland: we were provided with highlights on proven technological solutions and how much for example business intelligence can already be used in healthcare and social welfare ICT solutions at the national level.” Salaspuro summarizes the visit.