USA looks to Nordic region for healthcare IT expertise  

2009.10.20
The Nordic countries have carved out a niche for themselves as pioneers in the application of IT to the health sector, and this has been duly noted in the US
The Nordic countries have carved out a niche for themselves as pioneers in the application of IT to the health sector, and this has been duly noted in the US, reports national daily newspaper Politiken.
 
A newly released report from US think tank The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation concludes: "Denmark, Finland and Sweden are without doubt ahead of the USA and most other countries regarding the development of their healthcare IT systems."
 
The report praises Denmark for its introduction of electronic patient journals, and the widening use of electronic communication between GPs, hospitals and local authorities. IT innovations of this kind are just what President Obama wants to see introduced in the US, and a lot of money is being assigned to the area.
 
All of which means a golden chance for Danish companies in the healthcare IT sector – if they can land major orders across the pond. Anette Steenberg Williams, head of the commercial section at the Danish Consulate in New York, commented to Politiken that she sees excellent and immediate business opportunities in the US for Danish companies in the IT healthcare area.
 
Politiken also reports that Charles P. Friedman, a high-ranking official for IT development at the US Department of Health and Human Services, is attending a healthcare IT conference in Copenhagen later this month, where he will meet representatives from the Danish national health service, local authorities and companies.

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