Digital care paths are coming – three paths were tested this autumn

Published: 30.11.2021 12.37

Via a digital care path, you can follow up on your care, send messages to the professionals who take care of you and read additional information about your care – digitally and securely. Among others, expecting mothers have been delighted with the opportunity to use a mobile app to monitor gestational diabetes.

You may have experienced digital care paths if you have received specialised healthcare. Now, we are also testing digital care paths at health stations and school health care.  

This autumn, we are collecting experiences of the care paths for gestational diabetes, bedwetting or constipation amongst children in primary school, and the school health survey for 3rd-graders. The test participants include the maternity clinics of Espoo, Lohja and Karviainen and the school health care of Espoo and Lohja. About 300 residents are testing the services. 

Expecting mothers have been delighted with the opportunity to use a mobile app 

The residents testing the care path for gestational diabetes have kept a food journal and recorded the results of their home blood tests. A nurse can comment on the entries right away, perhaps encouraging the patient if they are on the right track. Thanks to this system, you do not need to wait for your next clinic appointment to discuss the continuation of your treatment; instead, you can have these discussion in between appointments. 

Project Manager Pauliina Koivisto says that many expecting mothers have been delighted with using a mobile app. Digital care paths do not necessarily replace face-to-face interaction: the idea is only to digitalise the parts of the care where it is truly useful. 

Responding to a school health survey on your phone 

The parents of children in grades 1–3 have tested a care path related to bedwetting and constipation. On the care path, they can monitor the development of their child’s wellbeing.  

In addition to this, the parents of 3rd-graders have also tested a digital school health survey. Pauliina Koivisto says that responding to the survey is easy: you receive a personal text message through which you can fill in the survey immediately on your phone. 

There are some smart qualities behind the digital school health survey, too.   

“For example, if you respond that you are concerned about your child’s screen time, an information box about the topic will pop up, and you can learn more about it right away,” Koivisto says. 

The results of the pilot project will be compiled at the end of the year. After this, we will know how digital services should be developed in the future. 

  • Wellbeing Services County