MANAGEMENT THROUGH THE USE OF KNOWLEDGE IN A SOCIAL AND HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
Sitra and the South Karelia Social and Health Care District (Eksote) have launched a joint project on management through the use of knowledge. The chosen perspectives chosen are:
- change of service structure: from in-patient services to outpatient services
- from heavier acute care services to early intervention and preventive services, taking account of the impact of activities throughout the care chain
- the opportunities of self-service in improving efficiency.
The project will be implemented in two stages. In the knowledge utilisation stage, the focus will be on the opportunities for knowledge utilisation. A model for management through the use of knowledge will also be created and tested. The information production stage will investigate Eksote’s capacities for management through the use of knowledge and determine the specifications and target state for information systems.
Eksote is a municipal federation based on voluntary membership, which started its operations on 1 January 2009. It is responsible for basic social and healthcare services and specialised healthcare services. Eksote’s key strategic objectives are achieving a leaner service structure and optimising the service network. The member cities and municipalities have set a 2.5% ceiling for the annual rise of expenses in a situation where the number of elderly residents is increasing considerably. The nine municipalities participating in Eksote are Imatra, Lappeenranta, Lemi, Luumäki, Parikkala, Rautjärvi, Ruokolahti, Savitaipale and Taipalsaari. The population of the social and health care district is about 133,000.
A preliminary report on the project has been completed, and the first stage of the project will begin at the beginning of 2012 and it will last five months.
Sitra’s aim is to develop a model in the Eksote pilot project which can be deployed and utilised more extensively throughout Finland.
South Karelia Social and Health Care District