The expansion of e-health in Denmark is based on public-private cooperation between the government, the regions, the municipalities, and the industry. This has brought innovation and implementation to a level where nearly all basic information from the various healthcare sectors has been digitised and made shareable.
One of the key elements for e-health in Denmark is the Danish Civil Registration System that allows for a unique digital identification of every citizen. All healthcare records e.g., in the hospital, at the GP or dentist are digital. Furthermore, Denmark has an extensive IT-infrastructure that allows for data sharing and supports collaborations across sectors.
A prime example of e-health in Denmark is the Shared Medication Record, an electronic register containing all Danish citizens’ medicine information. It allows for real-time updates and information sharing on a patient’s medication between hospital, GP, municipality, and the pharmacy. The patient has access to his/her own data through an app and can also request prescription renewals through the app. Additionally, parents can access their children’s data through the app.