Patient in healthcare

Brief biographies

Tiina Jokinen has graduated from the University of Tartu, majoring in the English language and literature; Postgraduate courses: Moscow Academy of Foreign Trade, 1987; airline handling coordinator and tarification; 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995; IATA advanced marketing, 1998.

Professional career: 1984-1988 Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, specialist of foreign trade; 1988-1989 Estonian Academy of Sciences, research fellow in psycholinguistics; 1989-1996 SAS Tallinn, Riga, St.Petersburg, New Delhi; 1997-2003 Carslon Wagonlit Travel, country manager; since 2001 until present ERP Group, Member of the Board.



Katrina Laks is the CEO and co-founder of Migrevention, first digital headache clinic in the world. Katrina founded Migrevention to empower more than 1 billion people suffering under migraines to take control over their health and regain their life quality. Katrina’s thrive to create leading digital health innovation to support migraine patients globally has helped Migrevention to become one of the fastest growing digital health companies of the Baltic region.

Katrina has a Master of Science degree in Genetic Engineering and she is PhD candidate in Chemistry and Genetic Engineering in Tallinn University of Technology. Prior founding Migrevention, Katrina put her heart into finding novel biochemical biomarkers for female infertility.

Katrina is a passionate migraine and headache patient advocate putting part of her energy in educating society about the disease and the needs of people living with it. Katrina is also the founding board member and spokesperson of Estonian Migraine and Headache Patients Association staying in front of patient rights to get evidence-based knowledge and up-to-date treatment.

Katrina values most healthcare with a digital twist and is an active member of Estonian Connected Health Cluster, which connects all major hospitals, universities and most Estonian health technology companies. Katrina is passionate about uplifting Estonian healthcare and technology ecosystem with finding unified regulatory and business mechanisms encouraging Estonias’ goal of being the best digital society in healthcare and wellness sector.

Being a Patient in Health Care

Who could help the patient best with his or her health issues?

Being a generally healthy human leading busy and active life, it is often the pharmacy where I turn with minor matters like cuts, bruises, blisters, cold sores, allergies and a lot of conditions that are not serious enough to justify a visit to a doctor or ER or a call to the family nurse. How pharmacists can really be supportive?

Pharmacist’s role for the patient in following a prescribed course of medication. Medication review from the patient’s perspective – when, what and how much?

All humans are different and that evidently also from the medical point of view. Even a relatively healthy person might have a condition or another, some of which can be inherited,  that need shorter or in some cases longer treatment. In the present-day world, it is usually the GP and/or specialist physicians that hand down diagnosis and prescribe treatment. It is often the case, though, that the treatment might not be entirely suitable for that specific patient. Considering the limited time resources, it might not be possible for the doctor to make patient-specific adjustments. The pharmacist is much closer and possibly also more suitably qualified for that role, i.e. dosage of prescription medicines.

Migrevention – providing health and care through digital tools