PROFITU invests in advanced research resources and facilities (well-being e.g. genomic data) and creates innovative skills and capabilities.
Health care and medicine are undergoing a huge renewal. Recent advances in genomic research are leading to a new era, because use of genome data makes it possible to get information that is more precise on many illnesses. Decisions regarding the prevention and treatment of diseases will be increasingly based on an individual’s genetic makeup. Genome data is an example of big data that is a key of change in the health sector. However, the change requires careful preparations in the health sector including research, development, management, clinical work and training.
Utilizing genomic data skillfully requires first that the staff has topical information about any changes and, secondly, that the professionals personally participate in the development of operations. Expertise can be promoted with initial training that leads to basic qualifications, followed by supplemental training. There is currently no training ensemble in Finland for social and health care professionals related to the utilization of genomic and well-being data in the health and welfare sector. One of the most important issue that we focus is the patient education where the patient is at the center. Curricula will be modified with new courses and practical training as well as different guiding methods.
The profiling of TAMK’s health and social care services into a new well-being data innovation and learning environment will produce skilled and talented staff for the health and welfare sector.
The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture for the years 2019─2021. A core team of ten teachers are working primarily for PROFITU. In addition, about 30 teachers work on the curricula and projects.
Evidence of success
- To develop competence of our staff related to the genetic information in the health care context
- To build a roadmap of responsible use of patient data the including genetic information for health care staff
- Education development
- New projects in collaboration with domestic and international partners
Potential for learning or transfer
- Development of patient-client coaching in genomics
- Education curricula