In the near future Denmark will have fewer, larger and more specialized hospitals and the use of health IT will be intensified. The objective of the new hospital structure is to meet increasing demands to the public healthcare system and to improve the quality of patient care, while reducing public spending.
To face this challenge, the hospitals are developed and built in close cooperation with a range of relevant stakeholders, including international companies with specific know-how, not least within health IT and medical technology.
Jon Thorgaard, Director of Invest in Denmark, North America:
- “This is an excellent opportunity for US companies who are looking to bring innovative solutions to the European Market. Denmark is an exceptional test market, particularly regarding willingness to working with the private sector, adopting new technologies quickly and high IT readiness and penetration rates amongst Danish public authorities, healthcare professionals and citizens. Denmark is the place to start if you want to stay ahead of the eHealth curve.”
Anne Mette Bang, Project Manager for Health IT at Invest in Denmark:
- “Innovation is key to the success of the new hospitals. The hospitals and the entrepreneurs look to create close relationships with national and international companies and organizations to achieve cutting-edge solutions.”
- “Technology will be implemented in the hospitals from the very beginning and close cooperation between project developers, entrepreneurs, medical workers and the industry is crucial.”
Danish hospitals have been co-developing innovative healthcare solutions with the industry for many years. This approach is now extended to a core methodology in a so-called intelligent hospital construction. 5 new super hospitals are built and 11 existing hospitals are renovated.
Panel at Himss in New Orleans next week
Invest in Denmark will host a seminar during Himss13 in New Orleans, discussing the challenges and opportunities of the new hospital structure in Denmark.
Among the panelists are Claus Duedal Pedersen, Head of Department for Clinical Innovation at Odense University Hospital, one of the current Danish super hospitals, and Senior VP at the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, Hal Wolf III. Participants will range from US firms such as IBM to US healthcare providers such as the Mayo Clinic.
The panel itself is closed to the press, but if you are interested in interviews and/or further information on the new hospital delivery structure, please see press contact info above.
Each of the five Danish regions is individually responsible for the construction and/or rebuilding of the hospitals in the respective regions. However, the national organization Danske Regioner ensures coordination between the regions on an overall level in order to optimize resources and sharing of knowledge gained throughout the process. In order to support the collaboration the five Danish regions have identified a specific business potential within a number of areas, these include:
- Public/private partnerships
- Development of new technologies and solutions within logistics, IT and diagnostics.
- Patient empowerment through health-it
- Energy effective solutions and environmental friendly solutions
Facts about Health IT in Denmark
“Denmark is a leading country within eHealth. The infrastructure for IT within the industry is there and the clients are ambitious. The access to innovation and talent is a great advantage for IBM. Denmark is in many ways at the forefront of new developments. So, supplying IT to the Danish healthcare sector ensures us a leading position in the global marketplace. The vibrant and innovative business environment is attractive for us due to the highly dedicated and flexible workforce and ambitious client base. This creates and attracts talent and provides the basis for real innovation – also for IBM.”
Henrik Wieland, IBM Healthcare
Denmark is widely recognized to be a world leader within healthIT and digital care with the user/patient at the center for innovation. Denmark developed its first national strategy for health IT in 1996 and today:
- Electronic health records (EHR) have been available to all hospitals and GPs in DK since 2009, 98% of GPs now use the full computerized physician order enter system, cutting down on inaccuracies and speeding up processing
- The patient has access to own health data through Sundhed.dk, which means that they are empowered to make decisions and own their data through this single access point to healthcare services, general and disease-specific information, national guidelines, etc.
- National IT infrastructure allows for referrals, discharge summaries, exchange of clinical data, prescriptions, tele-radiology services etc. all to be done online. High user penetration rate: 98% of DK GPs, all pharmacies and hospitals, 74% of specialists and 44% of local authorities
- IT investments have already brought savings: At the new super hospital in Odense the average stay in hospital is 2.9 days (EU average of ~7 days ) and re-admission rates are in some cases down by more than 50%.